WASHINGTON (WLFI) – They are a part of a generation facing the challenges of old age, and for some World War II and Korean War veterans the Honor Flight would mark their last mission.
Nearly 85 World War II and Korean War veterans went on Monday’s flight. It was the the first local Honor Flight of the year to Washington, D.C. It was the seventh out of Lafayette since 2012.
The group visited the World War II, Korean War, Iwo Jima and Air Force memorials. After that, they traveled to Arlington National cemetery and watched the Changing of the Guard.
“Everything has been awesome,” said Gerald Red, a Korean War veteran. “It’s been just wonderful the things we get to see and the thanks we are getting for our service.”
World War II veteran, James Shafer, agrees with Red.
“Oh, it’s been beautiful,” said Shafer. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never been here before, and it’s just been beautiful.”
You could imagine, there were a lot of emotions as these men and women reminisced about the wars. Especially when remembering those who never made it home.
“People who you got acquainted with in a service and you were with them constantly, you know?” said WWII veteran, Toby Seiler. “To see them shot down, it gets to you.”
“They had a lot of mothers and fathers that were looking for them, that never saw them come home,” said Shafer.
When the Honor Flight touched back down in Lafayette Monday night, the veterans had a warm welcome home. Nearly 200 community members greeted them when they landed at the Purdue airport.
We will have a full recap of the trip Wednesday on News 18 This Morning.