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West Virginia Honor Flight: Part 3
Monday, May 19, 2014 5:02 PM EDT
Monday, October 5, 2015 2:43 PM EDT
Last week's Honor Flight has left many of our nation's veterans with memories they will never forget.
"The plate is just, truthfully, it's too full. There's too much to take in," said Archie Cain, WWII Army Veteran.
Even though the veterans were only a few hours into their trip, they have already seen more than most people.
They visited the WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials, which were very near and dear to every person there.
"It's amazing! I don't know of another place, I've never been to another place like this," said Libby Stout, WWII Women's Army Corps.
The veterans not only got to see their memorials, they got to visit a lot of other historic places. Some of those included the
, and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials.
One of their favorite stops was the
"It's magic! It's the graves and the people. Somebody really takes care of this place down here. I've never seen anything as neat and it's just beautiful," Stout said.
While they were at
, the veterans got to witness something extremely special:
The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
You would think Thomas Brown has seen it all after serving in WWII,
"I served during WWII and I got out in '46. I went to WVU on a G.I. Bill. When the Korean War broke out I went back in and I just stayed in," Brown said.
He said the Changing of the Guard was one of the most remarkable things he has ever seen.
"That was very fascinating. It was very impressive," he said. "With the precise movement and crisp movements of their routine they went through."
The veterans said the trip was the experience of a lifetime, and it brought back a lot of memories both good and bad.
"There's a lot of sadness too when you think of the comrades who did not make it. But on the same token, you might as well be positive," said Cain.
On Wednesday, we will wrap up the Honor Flight series with a look at the veterans welcome home celebration in
For past stories on the Honor Flight,
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