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Honor Flight Veterans tour memorials in Washington D.C.

The South Willamette Valley Honor Flight visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning. They will also visit the Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown. (SBG photo)

WASHINGTON D.C. - It has been a busy day for the veterans from Oregon on their Honor Flight to the Nation's Capitol, touring the National Mall and getting a chance to see their memorials.

The veterans received a hearty welcome at the World War II memorial on Saturday morning, which is a stunning tribute to the 16 million Americans who served in uniform, and the more than 400,000 men and women who gave their lives in the second World War.

"Feelings are just overwhelming," said Bob Pieter, a veteran of the Air Force. "You can see it on film or read about it in a book, but to be actually standing on the ground and observing what's going on is intense - just wonderful."

The size of the World War II memorial is impressive, but it's the intricate detail in the design that honors the sacrifices made by America's men and women in the second World War.


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