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Veterans on Last Honor Flight Enjoy WWII Memorial

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

The final Wiregrass Honor Flight is back in Dothan.

36 of our area's World War II veterans had the opportunity to finally see the memorial built in their honor.

News 4's Denise Bradberry joined these heroes on their trip to the nation's capital.

Veterans met at the Dothan Regional Airport early Saturday morning to make the trip.

While anxiously awaiting take-off they told us just how excited they were to see the memorial as well as Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Iwo Jima Memorial.

"It's going to mean a whole lot to me, I’m looking forward to it cause I’ve thought about seeing it a lot and I haven't seen it, and when I see it it's going to be a fulfillment of my dreams,” says Army Veteran T.W. Buford.

"I’m excited about it because I’m going to reminisce all the things that I done in World War 2, I sure am,” says Veteran Winston Johnson.

The first stop in Washington D.C. was to tour the WWII Memorial, built specifically for them.

“I love it and I think it's real wonderful that they let us come up here it's a great tribute to the World War II veterans and I’m enjoying it,” says Navy Veteran Gene McGill.

Viewing the World War II Memorial is an amazing site, especially through the eyes of those who served.

T.W. Buford was in the Army during World War II and took the opportunity Saturday to take it all in, even making friends with a lot of other visitors in D.C.

The memorial even brought back memories of when they served.

He told News 4, although he was tired, the experience was wonderful.

“Oh I love it, I love it,” says Buford.

Many other veterans on the trip echoed that sentiment.

“It is enormous, it's dumbfounding to think that they went to all of this trouble to create this over the years and to reach back into history and bring it all forward for us so our children and grandchildren can appreciate what has happened and what was created over the years of history,” says Marine Veteran Clyde Tyler.

Many of these veterans were so grateful to get to come along on this trip especially since it was the last one from the Wiregrass.

"I love the memorial. I think it's real nice, I mean it's something that we get for the appreciation of winning a war,” says Navy Veteran Roger Sollie.

“If I hadn't of come, I wouldn't have ever gotten to see it, pretty great after 31 years, you know, maybe I earned part of this for somebody,” says Army Veteran Richard Murren.

Tuesday night Denise will introduce us to some of the guardians and volunteers as they tell us what it is about these war heroes that makes them want to give so much of their time and money.


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