MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - 80 World War II Vets are back home after a flight of a lifetime. The group took a special trip to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial as part of the Honor Flight program.
Bright and early, the World War II Vets arrived at the Doster Center in Prattville.
Scheduled to be there by 5 a.m., many arrived earlier eager to take their trip.
After a short drive to the airport they were on their way.
Just after ten the plane touched down in Washington, D.C. and the Vets knew a big day was ahead, but they didn't expect to see what was waiting at the airport.
Dozens of people, perfect strangers, were waiting to welcome the Vets to Washington.
Their first stop, the World War II Memorial. they then headed on to the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington, and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
For many it was like taking a walk back in time.
One of the highlights of the trip was the mail call on the plane. Each Vet received a letter from a student at Prattville Christian Academy.
Two simple words: "Thank you", meant the world to the World War II Vets.
The Vets returned to a huge homecoming celebration in Montgomery.
When they touched down, hundreds were waiting to welcome them back home.
Seeing hundreds of people welcoming them home was the biggest thank you that they never expected to get.
Honor flight organizers plan at least one more trip. They say they'll continue to work until every vet who wants to makes the trip gets the opportunity.
This was the fourth Honor Flight for the River Region.