COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Students from Grizzell Middle School helped raise $25,000 to send Ohio veterans on the honor flight.

Saturday night, the veterans were welcomed home from their trip to Washington D.C.

“They fought for our country and I just wanted to pay them back,” says 8th grader Evan Hannan.

Students held fundraisers and asked local businesses for donations in order to send vets on the trip.

“I think they’re definitely heroes because without their help to our country, we might not be what we are today,” says 8th grader Katherine Whitt.

This flight tonight had veterans who served in WWII, Korea and a few who also served in Vietnam.

“They never really got the welcome home that they deserved then and so now this is the least we can do,” says 8th grader Bella Palmer.

The 79 veterans  were welcomed back home in a big celebration at Port Columbus International Airport.

“Well it’s overwhelming. Over whelming. Never expected this,” says WWII/Korea Veteran Harold Mullet.

To date Honor Flight Columbus has taken 4,312 veterans to DC to see the memorials erected in their honor.

The next honor flight is June 4th. The first all women’s Honor Flight Columbus will take place this September.

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