COLUMBUS (WCMH) — More than 200 local veterans are back home after spending Saturday in the nation’s capital.
The World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans spent the day going around Washington, D.C. visiting many of the memorials.
They were welcomed back by a large crowd at John Glenn International Airport.
It turned out to be an amazing night at the airport. At one point, the whole concourse was filled with hundreds of family, friends, and some who didn’t even know these veterans, but wanted to welcome them back.
This was the 100th flight booked by Columbus Honor Flight, so everyone here also got a commemorative coin.
When the veterans got back, they were met with bagpipes, a huge crowd, with everyone shaking their hands and thanking them for their service.
The veterans who took part in the flight were able to do it free of charge.
Normally, only one plane at a time leaves for such a trip. However, there were two planes Saturday to take all the veterans to see the memorials in D.C.
The group left at 7 a.m., returned around 9:30 p.m., and in between, saw memorial after memorial.
“Today was wonderful,” said veteran Jim Simons. “We saw so much. I can’t believe how much we saw.”
“It was a beautiful day, going from memorial to memorial was the most wonderful feeling,” added veteran Hugh Dowds. “One monument after another to several thousands of soldiers who went overseas, saved the world so to speak, especially the World War II memorial. It was outstanding.”
Simons and Dowds just met Saturday and said that with the day’s experience, they feel like they’ve known each other for years.
This trip was sponsored by the Davis Foundation.
For more information, visit honorflightcolumbus.org.