WASHINGTON D.C. - 33 Korean War Era veterans, 50 Vietnam Era veterans, and 5 World War II Era veterans boarded the 31st Never Forgotten Honor Flight Monday morning.
"[It's] unbelievable what's going on," said one veteran.
Flight #8651 left Central Wisconsin Airport Monday morning for Reagan National Airport. From there, police escorts led buses filled with veterans from around north central Wisconsin to visit memorials in Washington D.C. They visited Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln Memorials.
Veterans also visited the World War II Memorial, the Arlington National Cemetery where they watched the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Everyone had dinner at the Air Force Memorial before heading back to Reagan Airport.
Veterans opened letters on the flight home from their loved ones. Flight #8652 landed in Wausau just after 10pm.
Veterans were welcomed back with open arms after a day visiting memorials built in their honor.
"Best damn day I ever had," said another veteran in excitement.
Starting on Wednesday, Newswatch 12 will be airing stories from some of those veterans on the flight. We had the opportunity to talk to several veterans from the Northwoods.