Hundreds gather to welcome veterans

By: Hunter Nark Email
By: Hunter Nark Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It was a hero's welcome for the latest Honor Air flight at McGhee Tyson Airport Wednesday night.

The group of 68 World War II and 61 Korean War veterans headed to Washington, DC early Wednesday. While there they toured the monuments built to honor them.

Hundreds gathered to welcome them back to East Tennessee.

Cornelius Rickles, who went on the trip said, "I can't hardly describe it. it didn't expect it. Hundreds of people I couldn't believe it that they would all turn out just for this but it was a marvelous trip."

George Duncan, who also went to Washington said, "I'm honored that they saw fit to come out tonight to meet us and and greet us and support us."

The trip costs about $500 per veteran. Donations from the community make the flights a reality.


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