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Remembering the forgotten war

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WAOW)-- Nearly 100 veterans from north central Wisconsin took the trip of a lifetime to our nations capital.

They were on the never forgotten honor flight, a trip that really lived up to it's name.

Out of these 95 veterans who came on the trip, 93 of them fought in the Korean War,  also known as the forgotten war.

"I never had anybody say thank you for your service," said Robert Welty, a Korean War veteran.

But on this trip, it was clear things had changed.

They were overwhelmed with love and appreciation right when they arrived in Washington D.C.-- something that continued as these veterans went from memorial to memorial.

People stopped to thank the group, applauding the veterans, showing their support with homemade signs, and welcoming the group to the nations capital.

Then the moment many of them had been waiting for-- the Korean War Memorial.

With this moment a long time coming, it was hard to hold back the emotion.

"We lost so many people and it's just a tremendous thing what they have done for these people in memorandum," said Roland Chrouser a Korean War veteran.

"Many people are going home and talking to their families for the first time ever," said Jim Campbell Co-Founder of the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

Veterans boarded the plane with full hearts, but little did they know there was still one more surprise in store.

Hundreds of friends, family and volunteers packed into the central Wisconsin airport.

A welcome home they didn't get years ago.

As the forgotten war was forgotten no more.


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