Wiregrass War Veterans Head to D.C.

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

As war heroes from the greatest generation continue to age, the window of opportunity for them to see their monument continues to close.

But today, more than 90 area World War II vets got to experience their memorial, first-hand.

Through donations from the community, these brave men and women are able to make that journey to D.C., free of charge.

It's a journey to honor them for changing the course of history in World War II.

The United States of America; forged by freedom; protected by the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

"I was on the move when I got over there...landed in Liverpool, England, went over to France, and up on through Germany,” said World War II veteran Robert Forrest.

Those men and women who call the wiregrass home, boarded a plane bound for the nation's capital.

“I want to see how much it's changed in the last 67 years,” said Forrest, a native of Donalsonville, Georgia.

91 war veterans headed to the Dothan Regional Airport just before 6 am Saturday morning.

It's a day trip, designed in their honor.

Robert and his brother Billy were soldiers in the U.S. Army in 1944 at the height of Hitler’s power.

Both brothers heeded the call of duty and decided to stand up against tyranny.

“My mother, she didn't like it but there was not much she could do, they told us to go and we went,” said Robert.

The brothers, barely old enough to vote and fighting in world war that spanned four continents spent almost a year and a half just 80 miles apart in Germany.

Something their mother, felt very close to home.

“She had our baby brother to kind of take over our place to hang in there until we did get back home,” said Billy.

But big brother Robert made a promise, saying mom, I’ll see you soon.

“I wrote her a letter back saying mama, I guarantee ya I can tell the difference, the war is over and we will be home,”

Robert and Billy Forrest: 2 soldiers among millions of others who've put their lives on the line, for old glory.

Each veteran is accompanied on the trip by a guardian.

The last honor flight back in may was a success.

90 World War II veterans made the trip then.

Another trip is being planned for next March.

The veterans will arrive back in Dothan Saturday night.


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