Veterans from the 'Greatest Generation' land in D.C.
WASHINGTON - In the country's capital, nearly 50 Willamette Valley veterans landed at Dulles airport on Friday on an honor flight to visit the war memorials in Washington D.C.
Crowds of cheering people came to the Honor Flight landing to thank the veterans for their service.
Many call these men and women who served their country in World War II and the Korean War the "Greatest Generation."
Thanks to the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight Program, they're getting the chance to see the memorials created for their sacrifice and service.
Ellis Smith is a Korean War veteran from Springfield. He said there is an abundance of camaraderie among the veterans on this trip.
"We see things that nobody else sees. In a sense that when you see a picture, I smell it, I hear it and it isn't just a picture to me. Even the dirt I can feel it," Smith said.
Veteran Clara Moomey said she was surprised when she was given the opportunity.
"I haven't gone so far in a plane. I have never been on a plane very much. So it's going to be a new experience for me," she said.
It's another new experience for many of these veterans.
Saturday, the veterans will make a stop at the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Korean War Memorial.
They will also head to Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which many veterans said they were anxious to see.
Joining them on their journey: KVAL News anchor David Walker and photographer Loren Ruark.