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Honor Flight from Oregon arrives in D.C. to hero's welcome: 'Humbling'

There are 45 local veterans on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight trip. They received a hero's welcome from hundreds of people gathered at the gate at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. (SBG)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Veterans from the southern Willamette Valley arrived in Washington, D.C., on Friday to visit the memorials erected in honor of their service.

There are 45 local veterans on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight trip.

They received a hero's welcome from hundreds of people gathered at the gate at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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RD Hopper from Arkansas took time to welcome the veterans and thank them for their service. Hopper said his grandfather served in World War II, and he credited the sacrifice of veterans with allowing him to pursue the American dream.

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Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz joined the trip as a guardian as a way to pay his respects to veterans and volunteer.

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Many of the veterans said they had never received a welcome like this one.

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