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South Plains veterans experience trip of a lifetime on 2016 Honor Flight

Vietnam War Memorial (source: KCBD video) Vietnam War Memorial (source: KCBD video)
Veterans in front of the Lincoln Memorial (source: KCBD video) Veterans in front of the Lincoln Memorial (source: KCBD video)
Veterans being welcomed home (source: KCBD video) Veterans being welcomed home (source: KCBD video)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCBD) -

Members of the 2016 South Plains Honor Flight are back home, and reflecting on their emotional weekend spent visiting the War Memorials in Washington D.C. They describe it as the trip of a lifetime.

"I got to come this year, and I'm sure glad I did. I wouldn't take anything for it," said Vietnam Air Force veteran Dick Moser.

It's a trip well deserved and well appreciated by every single veteran who attended.

"Twenty years in the military makes you proud...and the freedom that we have, it's a beautiful thing," Vietnam Army veteran Charles Curtis said.

For many, this was their first chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

 "All these years it's been here and this is the first time I got the chance to come here and see it. It's wonderful," said WWII Army veteran Lawrence Guyton.

An opportunity some thought they would never get.

"I just can't explain it really. And I wouldn't take a million dollars for it," WWII Navy veteran Loyd Rinehart said.

Every war memorial sparked emotions from the veterans, regardless of their branch of the military or the war they served in.

"Thinking that I had been there and seen this...it's been touching," said Korean Era Army veteran Fred Aegerter.

It was a chance to pay tribute to their fallen comrades, and to reflect on battles they haven't spoken of in many years.

"Brought back old memories," said Vietnam Army veteran Douglas Foster.

Some veterans got to share the moments with family members who came with them as guardians.

And they shared the moments with each other, with people who had experienced the same hardships and truly understood what they had been through.

"There's a bond there that brings you closer together," said Korean Era Marine Corp veteran E.G. Lambright.

"It's just like we always say, semper fi brother," said Korean Era Marine Corp veteran Norman Don Hunt.

Each veteran has their own unique story and their own unique experience, but through the South Plains Honor Flight, they now share a deeper bond.

"It's great. Emotional but great. Everybody needs to come here," Foster said.

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