by Budweiser Clydesdale Blog Staff | Jul 30, 2013
Photos By: Nicole D'Angelo
On July 20th, the Budweiser Clydesdales’ West Coast Hitch was given the privilege of honoring one of our nation’s World War II veterans.
Riding upon the 1930s Studebaker wagon, 92-years-young Don Couttes was the guest of honor during a parade in Red Lodge, Montana. The parade was in acknowledgment of WWII veterans and a very unique charity, The Honor Flight. The Honor Flight Network was established to transport America’s veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
Mr. Couttes is a native of North Dakota. He grew up showing draft horses and has more than 130 place and grand champion ribbons from competitions throughout the United States, eventually being inducted into the Montana, Wyoming and Washington Draft Horse and Mules Hall of Fames.
He was drafted into the United States military in 1943 and served until 1949. He now resides in Red Lodge.
The West Coast Hitch of the Budweiser Clydesdales thanks all of those who have served and currently serve in the United States military and are honored to have been able to show their respect to Mr. Couttes.