Virtual reality brings Detroit Lakes veteran on Honor Flight to D.C.

Published: Nov. 3, 2019 at 9:44 PM CST
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The Honor Flight is the trip of a lifetime for veterans. The last trip flew nearly 100 veterans from North Dakota and Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They aren't the only ones that get to experience the Honor Flight.

For the first time ever, a veteran was able to go on the trip using virtual reality.

Daryle Olson served in the United States Navy from 1956-1960.

When stationed in Rhode Island, he delivered top-secret papers to ships on the east coast.

"Listened to Russian conversation all the time," said Daryle Olson from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Daryle Olson or "Ole" as they call him, has been battling Parkinson's disease for several years. Because of it, he wasn't able to go on the Honor Flight.

Members of the Honor Flight came to Detroit Lakes Sunday to make up for a view he never got to see.

The Honor Flight brought Ole to the D.C. memorials with Oculus 5D goggles.

His wife, Darlene, was in the kitchen, getting to tour it with him.

When they took Ole's goggles off, he finally got his welcome home.

"This has more than made up for it," said wife Darlene Olson. "Very humbling and very nice."

They even brought him a jacket, hat, t-shirt and the other goodies.

Mail call, or letters of appreciation from loved ones, were his last surprise.

"If this can be something that you experience, it would be very life-changing," said Darlene. "Very honorable as a thank you for serving our country."

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