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Veterans remember their past on the Honor Flight

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The "Never Forgotten Honor Flight" returned to central Wisconsin Monday night, after a day-long trip to Washington, D.C.

   

It's an effort to say "thank you" to those who have served our country.

It was an early start to the day. About 100 veterans gathered at Central Wisconsin Airport early Monday morning for the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight."

A flight for our heroes to experience history they helped make.

"We had a good night sleep last night, we're set to go now this morning," said a Veteran on the flight.

Once we arrived at Reagan International Airport those who served were in for a surprise, an emotional greeting.

After, it was time to head to the first destination. The World War II memorial.  A place Herb Dobbe describes as amazing.

"It makes me kind of get goosebumps when I think about people that never managed a mistake, but there were a lot of people on my ship that never came back," said World War II veteran, Herb Dobbe.

From there to the Vietnam and Korean War memorials. Both within walking distance from each other.  

"The vietnam wall for me is something that brings back an awful lot, like I said it's not a wave of emotion, it's a tsunami for me," said Don Simpson, a Vietnam War veteran.

Simpson has visited the Vietnam memorial several times. But he says it always brings back memories.

"I was with him when he died and he's with me till this day and I'm with him," said Simpson.

But simpson wasn't the only one feeling emotion. At the Air Force memorial, another veteran opened up about his experiences.

"I still have a hard time talking about it."

The trip hit really close to home when they arrived at the Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans watched a ceremony to honor those who have served, and those who never came back.

"The commitment that these people make is a lifetime commitment," said Simpson.

Iwo Jima memorial was next. Where the historic statue was the center of attention. The day passed quickly and it was soon time to say goodbye.

Our final destination, Central Wisconsin Airport. What veterans say was the best part of the journey. A happy ending to a jam-packed trip filled with memories.

Newsline 9's nancy yousef was there for the entire trip.

She spoke with several veterans.  She'll continue to share those stories on Newsline 9.

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