River Region Honor Flight veterans and guardians reunite

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A salute was held for World War II veterans in our area.

The River Region Honor Flight hosted a reunion for the men and women who made flight to our nation's capitol to see the memorial built in their honor.

Veterans and their guardians from all five honor flights gathered at the Doster Center in Prattville.

It was a time for them to reflect and reminisce not only about their honor flight experience, but also all their years of service.

The veterans were greeted by patriotic music from the Prattville Pops Band.

After grabbing a plate of food and a chair, many of the guardians sat with the veterans they made the flight with.

They brought their scrapbooks and relived memories of the whirlwind day in Washington.

Some veterans who made that flight have since passed since their trip.

For those in attendance, the reunion was all about paying tribute to their fallen comrades.

"A family member will say that one of the highlights of their later years was the opportunity to go to Washington and it made us feel good that we are able to do that," said organizer Joe Mathis.

"I just wish they was here to enjoy some of these privileges that we are now enjoying. So, it's just so wonderful to be here," added WWII veteran Henry Rantins, Jr.

The oldest veteran at the reunion was 97-years old. Organizers say they hope to have a 98-year old veteran at next year's reunion.

In all, more than 400 veterans made the trip to Washington as part of the River Region Honor Flights.

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