Local veterans come together for reunion after Honor Flight postponed

Local veterans come together for reunion after Honor Flight postponed. (ABC 7 Amarillo- Jala Washington).

Panhandle veterans say they're not just a group, they're family.

“It’s a wonderful time getting to spend time with these veterans, the older veterans especially," Ralph Lengley, a Panhandle veteran said.

The reunion comes after the Honor Flight was postponed.

“We’ve never done this part before," Don Ricks, Texas Panhandle Honor Flight president said. "We’re doing it this year because we didn’t come up with enough funds to actually have the Honor Flight."

Ricks says they still had to do something to bring the veteran community together like they do every year.

“We’re a big family, all the military is a big family, and we’re all for one," Ricks said.

“There are some things you can talk to each other about that you couldn’t talk to [with] just somebody on the street," Lengley said.

Reminiscing and sharing their stories that only fellow veterans can appreciate/understand, is what keeps their family bonded and the brotherhood alive.

“We talk about different things that you’ll never realize," Lengley said.

The organization hasn't given up on making this year's Honor Flight happen.

“You’ve got veterans that were involved with the monuments and stuff in Washington D.C.," Ricks said. "They wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for those wars, and the veterans that fought them."

Veterans that have gone say it's a breathtaking trip, that every vet deserves to experience.

“There’s more to it than just a flight, there really is," Ricks said. "We love what we do, we love the veterans.”

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