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West Virginia Honor Flight: Part 4

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It was a little over a week ago when more than 90 of our nation's veterans stepped off of the Honor Flight at the North Central West Virginia Airport and witnessed what they consider one of the biggest surprises of their lives.

May 10 was a long day of sightseeing, reflecting, and meeting forever friends. But it was over, well almost.

"Excellent and very enjoyable," said Ralph Haymond, Korea Army Veteran. "It was a long day but well worth it."

The veterans boarded the plane one by one. Each one had a smile on their face as they talked about everything they saw.

"The people, it's been amazing. I couldn't even imagine, just like when we first started. Just seeing our t-shirts evidentially," said Haymond.

It took a little more than a half hour for the flight to leave Washington D.C. and touch the ground in Bridgeport.

When the veterans walked off the plane, they had a great surprise waiting outside the terminal.

There was music, American Flags, tears of joy, and the veterans' family and friends.    

Each veteran said they were in total shock at what was happening around them.

"What a crowd!," said Robert Lefever, WWII Army Veteran.

Hundreds of people were in attendance at the welcome home celebration, helping to end a day the veterans say they will never forget.

"I'll never forget it. I'll never forget it. It's wonderful," said Harold Wilson, WWII Army Veteran.

Organizers are hoping to make the Honor Flight out of Bridgeport a yearly event.

For past stories, click here.