WAMEGO, Kan. (WIBW) -- It was a heartfelt "Welcome Home!" in Wamego Wednesday night as a group of local veterans returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. that is designed to honor our nation's heroes.
Members of the community greeted veterans returning from the Honor Flight. They had the opportunity to visit the war memorials erected in Washington, D.C. to pay tribute to their service and sacrifices.
Returning with them from the trip were Wamego High School students who along with Lyndon High School Students, assisted the veterans as their travel companions.
"I never expected anything like that from people around the country. We were treated like kings everywhere we went. They’d just line up and they’d take care of us in DC and every place. We were all over down there. We got to see a lot of stuff in two days," said Merril Bestwick, a World War II veteran.
"It was very nice taking them to all of the memorials, especially World War II and seeing them place the flag for them. Everyone was coming up to them. Navy officers were coming up to them and patting them on the back and saluting them every time they went by so it was really nice.. Several members of my family have served in the Armed Forces so it was nice to give back," said Laura Furney, a recent graduate of Wamego High School who accompanied Merril Bestwick on the trip.
Veterans and students visited the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial and Vietnam Memorial Wall.
They also toured Arlington National Cemetery and stopped at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.