First stop on first Honor Flight of the year

WASHINGTON (WLFI) – More than 85 World War II and Korean War veterans are in our nation’s capital for the year’s first Honor Flight.

News 18’s Krista Henery joined the veterans and will have reports throughout Monday on the special trip to Washington, D.C. She said excitement is in the air for these veterans.

The first stop on the Honor Flight was the World War II Memorial. One participant, World War II survivor James McVey, said the WWII Memorial is beautiful and he loves it.

“It’s kind of difficult to not be emotional here,” McVey said. “Realizing what the memorial stands for, it’s just amazing.”

McVey told News 18 that the WWII memorial was better than he thought it would be.

“It’s much better. I had not anticipated a memorial of this magnitude at all,” said McVey. “I had thought it was more like the wall they took on tour several years ago, but it’s nothing like that. It’s great.

McVey said the memorial wasn’t even the best part for him.

“The most fantastic thing, so far, was arriving at the airport and all the people who were there to greet us and thank us,” McVey recalls for News 18. “It was just remarkable.”

To view Krista’s first live report in Washington, D.C. from News 18 at Noon, click on the video above.

The next stop on the tour was the Korean War Memorial. Watch the live D.C. report from our own Krista Henery from News 18 at Five. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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