He gets mail on the plane, including a letter from his granddaughter, which was ‘really neat’

    Former longtime member of the Minnesota House of Representatives Bernie Lieder attended the Noon Day Lions Club meeting Monday at the American Legion in Crookston to talk about his experience on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. last week.    

    Lieder, 90, a Crookston DFLer, served 12 terms in the Minnesota House. He and approximately 100 other veterans from all over the United States traveled on a free flight to visit war and military memorials in Washington, D.C. Lieder was the last member of the Minnesota House to have served in World War II.    

    "They identified those coming from Minnesota with red t-shirts," said Lieder, who received a standing ovation Monday after being introduced by Dan Wilson. "I was from the northern-most part of the state and was up late the night before. We had to be at the St. Cloud airport at 4 a.m. I assumed I could take a nap on the plane, when someone shouted "mail call!" We actually got mail...letters on the plane. One of my 33 letters was from my granddaughter in the Ukraine. It was really neat."    

    Lieder went on to say, "Once we got into D.C., there were people all over the airport cheering for us. Volunteers brought us around as most of our vets were in wheelchairs. We visited all kinds of memorials. It was a once in a lifetime experience."