DAYTON (WDTN) – Nearly three dozen area veterans returned to a hero’s welcome Friday after the trip of a lifetime.
35 Miami Valley veterans traveled to Washington D.C with the help of Honor Flight, a group that pays for vets to visit the war monuments.
The veterans left around 3:30a.m Friday morning, flew to Baltimore and then were bussed to Washington D.C.
Once in the nation’s capital, they visited the World War II Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and went to Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
“You’re going to see a lot of tears, you’re going to see a lot of happiness,” said Jim Caporini, who helps organize Dayton’s Honor Flights and was waiting to welcome the veterans home. “It’s unbelievable and people who come to this, come back because it is such an unbelievable experience.”
If you’re a World War II, Korean War or Vietnam veteran and would like to go on an Honor Flight you can apply at: honorflightdayton.org/applications/