At least 600 people packed into the welcome area at Myrtle Beach International Airport Wednesday night to welcome home a group of 90 Pee Dee and Myrtle Beach area veterans.
The World War II veterans took a free trip to our nation's capitol. It's through a program called Honor Flight. The organization makes it possible for World War II veterans to see the memorial built to honor their service. The 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 third group from Myrtle Beach to travel to Washington D.C. Since Fall 2010.
NewsChannel 15 had a crew that followed the veterans around the entire day, and will include a special that will air in honor of Veteran's Day on November 10th. Watch the video with this story to see the heartwarming homecoming after the group landed at MYR.
NewsChannel 15 Chief Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski went along on the trip. You can see photos he took throughout the day on his Facebook page.