Often, a politician is the guest of honor, but Thursday, the tables were turned as two Texas lawmakers were humbled to meet some of the South Plains' finest.
The veterans wasted no time, shaking hands and posing for pictures with our lawmakers.
"I think it's wonderful that they took the time to talk to us," one veteran said.
This is part of the job for Congressman Randy Neugebauer and Senator Ted Cruz, but these introductions meant more than most.
"Bringing them here to the capitol, something they fought for and some of their friends died for. It is a real honor for us," Neugebauer said.
"To see these men from Lubbock and from West Texas who came to the capitol and just to say thank you, thank you for your bravery, thank you for your service," Cruz said.
It's been a hectic couple of weeks for Senator Cruz, but he tells us, meeting these great Americans was just what the doctor ordered.
"Washington, DC is a strange place where they throw a lot of rocks and when you get a chance to see these American heroes who encourage you, who tell you they're lifting you up in prayer, it's incredibly encouraging," Cruz said.
Cameras weren't allowed inside, but Congressman Neugebauer took the group and sat them on the House floor, a rare opportunity, that meant even more to these men and woman who fought for our freedom.
It was all smiles as the group posed for pictures in this historic space, but as they were leaving, a complete stranger wanted to show his gratitude.
"I was just walking around and I saw them and asked if anyone had been in Austria and it turned out that several of them did," Klaus Stimeder said.
He may not be an American, but Stimeder wanted these heroes to know their impact is still being felt.
"My generation is extremely grateful to these guys, because there's a chance that if they wouldn't have risked their lives, we would still be standing here like this," Stimeder said.
This trip has become a time for gratitude and reflection and that's what the Honor Flight is all about.
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