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Local veterans return home after Honor Flight to DC

Posted: 9:25 PM, May 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 07:32:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — From Las Vegas to Washington D.C., 25 local veterans traveled to Washington thanks to Honor Flight Southern Nevada.

The veterans boarded a plane Friday morning at McCarran Airport while other passengers cheered them on.

Then, the applause continued upon landing in the nation's capital from thankful strangers.

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Saturday, the vets, who fought in Vietnam, Korea and World War II started the day at the World War II memorial followed by watching the changing of the guards at Arlington National Cemetery, a silent ceremony that was filled with emotion.

Then four of the Korean War veterans participated in laying a wreath at the Korean Memorial.

Saturday's plans also included a visit to the Lincoln and Vietnam memorials followed by stops at the Navy Memorial and National Archives.

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Upon their return on Sunday, dozens of people greeted the veterans at McCarran International Airport.

Before they arrived at the airport, the team was recognized for their service on their flight. They also read letters from friends, family and appreciative strangers.

The weekend flight marked the 14th honor flight, and more than 420 local veterans have flown to DC to see the memorials with the help of Honor Flight Southern Nevada.