WASHINGTON D.C. - More than a hundred veterans just wrapped up a once in a lifetime experience.
The 34th Never Forgotten Honor Flight had an unexpected delay Monday, a surprise meet and greet, and many more unforgettable moments.
From beginning to end the Honor Flight was filled with ceremony and gratitude.
"To see all those hundreds of people applauding us in the [D.C.] airport was the most moving thing," said Vietnam veteran Gill Buettner, who served in the Air Force.
"It seemed like the whole city was there to greet us," said Vietnam veteran Ernest Harris, who served in the Army.
There was an unexpected stop in Pittsburgh due to bad weather.
"I think we lost about an hour fifteen, an hour and a half there," said Vietnam veteran Larry Anklam, who served in the Air Force.
But the rest of the day went off without a hitch.
"You get to see some things otherwise we'd never get to see," said Buettner.
The veterans got to see the Vietnam, Korea, and Air Force memorials among many more. The group also met the founders of the Honor Flight program, who were honored at a wreath laying ceremony.
"To hear their story, that was special too, and nobody is likely to ever have that opportunity," said Buettner.
It's a day the 103 veterans will never forget.
"It was just super," said Harris.
They hope all veterans get a chance to experience it.
"If you served, you really do deserve it and you ought to go, and you don't have to be a combat vet, you just have to have helped something along the way," said Buettner.
Tune into Newswatch 12 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for the rest of the week to see stories about a World War II veteran, the one and only female veteran on the flight, and another, who at the last minute, got to bring his grandson along as his guardian.