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Oregon veterans on Honor Flight to D.C. get a hero's welcome: 'I never expected that'

Veterans on an Honor Flight from Oregon received a hero's welcome Friday in Washington, D.C. (SBG)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon veterans on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight arrived in the nation's capital to a gauntlet of American flags, handshakes and sincere statements of "Thank you for your service."

"It's very nice," Army veteran Don Amacher said. "It's better than I thought."

"These people meeting us here is fantastic," veteran Charles Heath said. "I never expected that."

Kate and Zack Polk were there to greet the veterans.

"Just to show them our gratitude and thank them for serving our country," Kate said.

"Just how happy we were for them, and you know: how thankful we are," Zack added.

The veterans will be up early Saturday morning and will head out to the World War II memorial to start the day.

From there, they'll continue on to the Korean, Vietnam, and other memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown.

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