The Honor Flight -- it's an experience that's hard to put into words. Eighty-five World War 2 veterans flew to the nation's capitol on Wednesday and toured the World War 2 Memorial.
This latest group of veterans just landed a few hours ago at Columbia's Metropolitan Airport.
"I'm proud of him and what all he's done and fought for -- to be a part of our freedom in the States," said Terry Broome, a vet himself and the son to a WWII veteran.
As a Vietnam veteran, Terry Broome understands his dad's sacrifice. So, it was that much sweeter to see his father, Bill, come home from the Honor Flight.
"I'll never forget it," said Bill. "Sure won't. It was great. It really was."
Bill Broome, just 18 when he joined the Navy, was as an aviation machinist. He worked on fighter planes and trained pilots. Going to Washington, DC was more than taking a trip through time to see a memorial dedicated to his service and to so many others. It was the chance of a lifetime.
"It was very -- it was hard to describe it really. You think about the people that didn't come back and you kind of tear up," said Bill.
It's impossible to truly understand what these veterans saw and experienced during the war, but friends and family respect the service.
The veterans made new friends and shared memories as they reflected on the honor and sacrifice of serving this country.
"Just overwhelming. Hard to describe. But I'd recommend it for any veteran to go," said Bill.
The next honor flight is Nov. 7. It is open to any eligible veteran. The trip is all paid for, and all you have to do is sign up.
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