Local veterans are being honored for their service by taking a trip to Washington D.C., to tour the war memorials.
The honor flight gave veterans a chance to see memorials for the wars they fought in. For some, it was their first time seeing the monuments.
When they returned home Wednesday night, the veterans who served our country, were met by fellow servicemen and women, and people from all over northwest Arkansas. The veterans say they’re thankful for the opportunity.
“I’m proud to be an American. That’s for sure,” said veteran Harry Joyner.
“I think to honor the veterans is a really nice gesture from the people, and I really appreciate it,” said veteran Vern Whittaker.
Some of the veterans say seeing the people sending them off on the flight to D.C., and then welcoming them back home, reminds them of coming home from their times of service.
“The service means a lot. It’s a different kind of connection with those you serve with. And once it’s gone you kind of long for it back. Any type of activity like this we can do , it brings them back to when they were serving, no matter what branch they were in,” said veteran Donald Bourg.
The flight was made up of WWII veterans, Korean war and Vietnam war veterans, and terminally ill veterans from all conflicts. Similar flights, leaving from other parts of the country will be happening over the next few days.