About 130 East Tennessee veterans left for he nation’s capital Wednesday morning on the 26th HonorAir flight. The flight takes veterans who served in World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam.
“I went into Japan with the occupation forces,” John Moreland remembered.
Paul Harris shared, “I went to Vietnam when the whole 101st moved out from Fort Campbell.”
Honor Air takes veterans to Washington D.C. free of charge.
“It’s great to be on it. It’s an honor. It’s really an honor because we didn’t get that when we came home,” Harris said.
The trip is a chance to reflect on their past by seeing the memorials and monuments built for their sacrifices.
“I had some friends that was killed in Vietnam and when you see their names it takes you back,” Harris said.
Being there is something those men and women do not take lightly.
“I just feel honored but not deserving,” Moreland said.
For some it is their first trip to the capital. Others have been before, but for all, sharing that moment with their brothers and sisters of the armed forces is something special.
“I think it’s a tremendous event and I feel so privileged to be able to go,” Moreland said.
On Wednesday’s HonorAir flight there were 8 World War II veterans, 23 Korean War veterans and 101 Vietnam veterans. Three were women and the oldest to fly was 98 years old.
Those veterans should be arriving home Wednesday around 8:00, and as always they are hoping for a huge turnout at McGhee Tyson Airport to welcome them home.