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Photos: Honor Flight visits war memorials in D.C.

The Honor Flight visited the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the Korean Memorial Saturday morning. Dozens of veterans from the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon journeyed to the nation's capital on May 13, 2016, to visit for the first time the memorials to the wars they fought in. David Walker and Loren Ruark from KVAL News accompanied the group from South Willamette Honor Flight (KVAL Photo)

WASHINGTON - Dozens of people lined the entrance to the World War II Memorial cheering for the Oregon Honor Flight veterans and thanking them for their service.

The World War II Memorial opened in April, 2004. The memorial honors the 16 million who served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

"It's just overwhelming and I can't remember when I started this because I was a very young man," said Bob Bouchard, a veteran.

On the Freedom Wall 4,048 gold stars each represent 100 Americans who died in World War II.

"It brings back the memories that a part of the family didn't come home," said Gale Lowman, a World War II veteran. "I'm very emotional."

Oregon made a large contribution to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. All of the wreaths and the eagle sculptures on both entrances to the memorial came from a foundry in Joseph, Ore.

1.5 million American men and women served in the Korean War. 21 of them are on the Honor Flight from Oregon and visited their memorials Saturday.

"It reflects a lot of wear and tear which we certainly had. The winters were terribly, terribly cold. The terrain was rugged. It was tough," said Van Vanregenmorter, a Korean War veteran.

"I have to say it's the most impressive think I've ever seen. I didn't think I'd get to see this in my lifetime," said Robert Lewis, a Korean War veteran.

The Honor Flight returns to Oregon Sunday.

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