Final River Region Honor Flight a success

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The fifth and final Honor Flight touched down at Montgomery Regional Airport as hundreds of family members and friends welcomed their veterans home from the trip of a lifetime.

The minute the plane touched down at Montgomery Regional Airport many folks were on their feet waiting for the men and women of America's "Greatest Generation" to walk into the terminal.

The fifth and final Honor Flight took more than 80 World War II veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

Many veterans say the experience was overwhelming.

Organizers say more than 500 military servicemen and women lined the tarmac and the terminal.

As is customary for an Honor Flight return, the plane entered through a welcome home arch of water provided by the Montgomery Fire Department.

Family members say just seeing the glimmer in their veteran family member's eyes made the trip was just as special to them.

A hero's welcome and a chance to honor those who gave their all to protect our nation's freedom.

Organizers say nearly 700 veterans have made the trip to Washington in the last three years.

Another Honor Flight isn't planned but organizers say if demand is there, they'll try to find a way to make it happen.

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