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Wiregrass Newsroom: Veterans receive hero's homecoming after first Honor Flight

One World War II veteran hugs a family member after returning from Washington D.C. on the first Wiregrass Honor Flight. One World War II veteran hugs a family member after returning from Washington D.C. on the first Wiregrass Honor Flight.

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The band plays while loved ones watch and wait for a little spec in the sky to finally touch down. 

It's an airplane filled with 90 men and women--World War II veterans from across the Wiregrass.  The Wiregrass Honor Flight flies war veterans to Washington D.C. for the day to see the World War II memorial among other sites in the nation's capitol.  It's a trip many didn't think they'd ever get to take.

"I had to do it on this trip or I wouldn't get another chance to do it," says Veteran Coleman Garrett.

It's a hero's welcome as family and friends embrace their husbands, dads, grandfathers, and mothers--thanking them for giving their all years ago. 

For many, seeing the World War II memorial took them back to that time.

 "I thought a lot about the old flying days, and going through training back in the old days," says Veteran John Roberts.

"It kinda brings back memories of what World War II was all about," adds Veteran Coleman Garrett.

It's a time when the history we read today is the history they made.

"I went through Normandy on D-Day," says one veteran.

"I was an RN, and I worked in a station hospital," adds war Veteran, Lucile Cain.

The dedication from the men and women during the war evoked but one response from the crowd.  A thank you, and a few hugs and kisses to go around.

Perhaps the only thing veterans could say after the trip was how great it was.  For for those who didn't make it on this go around, another Wiregrass Honor Flight is scheduled in September. 

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