The non-profit group Honor Flight New England brought 62 local veterans who served in World War II to Washington D.C. today, said a spokesman for the organization.
Joe Byron of Honor Flight New England said this is the group’s 24th trip, and that after today, they will have taken a total of 702 veterans to the nation’s capital. He said that the trip is an honor and a privilege for him.
“It’s extremely humbling to be here with them,” Byron said. “They feel that they’ve done nothing special. The comment we get regularly [from the veterans] is ‘we did what we had to do. The real veterans didn’t come home.’”
The veterans left early this morning from Logan Airport in Boston and will spend the day in D.C., returning around 11 p.m. tonight, he said. The veterans, including one who is 100 years old, will visit a number of monuments including the National WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Additionally, they will go to the Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guards.
“It’s emotional for them,” Byron said. “It brings them back to think about when they served.”Katherine Landergan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.