KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- It was an emotional flight home, that will linger in the memories of 129 East Tennessee Veterans for the rest of their lives.
The mix of World War Two and Korean War vets returned last night after taking part in Honor Air's 9th flight to our nation's capitol.
Nats of homecoming:
"I've never seen anything like this in my life. LAUGHS"
"I didn't know we were going to have this. And I'm overwhelmed!"
Hundreds clapped and cheered as the heroes made their way out of McGhee Tyson's airport terminal.
For some, they tell us it's the only military welcome home they've ever had.
The free trip, which is made possible through community and business donations-- allowed the veterans to visit memorials honoring their sacrifice.
Veteran Paul Burke says, "fascinating is the word. Tiring is another word. I really can't think of a word that really expresses my feelings."
Veteran Ross Grant says, "it was beyond belief what they let us do. And to see all of the monuments, that honor us as World War 2 veterans.
The trip reached a special milestone-- the organization has now flown over 1,000 veterans to Washington D.C.