RENO, Nev.-- More than 30 local veterans return from the trip of a lifetime Sunday afternoon. The Honor Flight program ensures they had the chance to see the memorials that were created in their honor.
Hundreds of supporters from the community filled the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, holding signs and flags, sporting their patriotism as they wait anxiously for their heroes to come home.
Veterans who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam are returning from a trip to the capital where their services and sacrifices are being honored.
"Many, many, many things bring me back. I was overwhelmed," said WWII veteran, Edward Forrester.
For some, it was a trip they never thought would be possible.
"I was in Washington D.C. when I was five or six years old, so this has been my first trip back there in many years," said WWII veteran, Wayne Hyllegard.
Swapping war stories among fellow veterans brought Richard Bosinski back to the battlefield in Normandy, reminding him what it meant to serve for his country.
"At my age, I get very sentimental," he said. "It doesn't take much for me to cry, just a little bit, but I cry a little bit."
With time, memories fade, but the gratitude from their fight for freedom is lasting.
"This has been one of the biggest surprises of the whole trip, honest to God," said Hyllegard. "Everybody's here!"
"It was utterly beyond my comprehension that we would be greeted by such a huge huge crowd," Bosinski said. "It was heartbreaking and it was wonderful."