World War II veterans reflect on previous Honor Flight
EUGENE, Ore. - 40 veterans from World War II and the Korean War will leave next week on an Honor Flight to see, for the first time, their war memorials in Washington D.C.
The group will join the list of hundreds of other veterans who have made the trip through the efforts of the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight program. Some veterans who participated in prior Honor Flights recently met for lunch at Terry's Diner in North Eugene.
Joe and Rod Meyers were there. They are two of six Meyers brothers who served in World War II. Rod has been on the Honor Flight before. He said the World War II Memorial was a favorite.
"Peter DeFazio was there and he gave each of us a flag that had been flown over the capitol. I don't know how many flags they can fly over the capitol, but they sure give a lot of them away," Rod said.
"Where they buried all the soldiers, Arlington, changing of the guard, that was the most awesome thing, I think," Joe said.
About half of those leaving next week are World War II veterans and half served in the Korean War.
KVAL News will join the veterans on their Honor Flight. We'll introduce you to some of the people who served in the armed forces as they visit the memorials in Washington D.C.