GREENVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) – There’s a sense of excitement at Appleton International Airport, where an Old Glory Honor Flight landed Wednesday night.
A group of veterans returned after they spent a day touring memorials in Washington, DC.
Their Old Glory Honor Flight landed around 8:30. Because of the rain, some outgoing flights were delayed so the welcome home celebration was held in the front portion of the terminal instead of the gate section.
A huge crowd showed up to applaud the veterans.
Organizers say 77 veterans — five World War II veterans and 72 veterans of the Korean War — boarded the flight Wednesday morning for the nation’s capital, where they toured war monuments and Arlington National Cemetery.
Those who went say it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up.
Harold Anderson, a Korean War veteran from Oshkosh, said, “Not many people our age, or not too many people throughout, get a chance to go to downtown Washington and see all the memorials. And you see some of the monuments that you are affiliated with. It sort of brings a little tear to your eyes once in a while, it really does.”
“It’s kind of a tear jerker to see all of them names of people that didn’t have a chance in life. Makes you kind of sad.” Arthur Crook, another Korean War veteran from Oshkosh, paused here as he spoke with us. “That’s the way it is, I guess.”
This was the 38th Old Glory Honor Flight since the program was launched.
It’s the last one until next spring.