KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) More than a hundred WWII and Korean War veterans spent the day in Washington, D.C. at war memorials and were met back at home by hundreds of people cheering them on.
This is the 15th year HonorAir Knoxville has taken war veterans to D.C. on trips like this. Several said they were anxious to go and see the monuments dedicated to them, but were thankful for the opportunity to do so.
"I think it's going to be emotional," John Lochner said. Lochner spent time fighting in the South Pacific. "I feel very blessed that I was one of the ones that was able to return."
Several men said the most memorable part of their day was watching the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery.
Jack Reich said the moment was somber at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. However, the entire day was a great experience. He couldn't believe so many people came out to welcome the veterans home.
"Coming here to Knoxville, I can't believe there's that many people coming out here to see us! It was absolutely...I'm wordless...I have no words for you. So awesome the way these people come here to thank us. And I just can't thank them enough," Reich said.