Fourth honor flight lands to massive reception
Thu, 24 May 2012 19:34:44 GMT —
"I have never seen anything like this. It reminds me of the homecoming parade I had after World War II," said Julius Blois.
A flight of 150 people landed Wednesday night, about 100 of the men and women served in World War II.
It was Myrtle Beach Honor Flight's fourth trip to the nation's capital. As they landed at the general aviation side of Myrtle Beach International Airport, the group received a homecoming unlike any other.
"It just makes you want to tear up," Blois said.
The World War II veterans' trip was free to our nation's capital.
Honor Flight makes it possible for World War II veterans to see the memorial built to honor their service. They do this through donations.
Click here if you'd like to help.
The National World War II Memorial was opened to the public in 2004.
It's estimated that each day, nearly 1,000 World War II veterans pass away, many without ever having been to Washington to see the memorial.
Honor Flight's goal is to help every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, visit their memorial.
Top priority is given to senior or terminally ill veterans.
This is the fourth group from Myrtle Beach to travel to Washington D.C. since Fall 2010.
NewsChannel 15's Lindsey Theis covered the homecoming and you can watch her story above.
Our Mallory Nichols joined the Honor Flight for the journey, that story will air at a later date.