Nine area Korean War Veterans will soon take off on a trip of a lifetime.
It’s thanks to the “Honor Flight Network” organization that sends veterans on all expense paid trips to Washington D.C., where the heroes will tour war memorials and be honored for their service.
Forty-Two heroes will soon embark on an unforgettable journey, 9 of them from right here in Texoma, and on Thursday, they had a very special unexpected send off.
“It was a total surprise and it was terrific,” Dewey Horton, a Korean War Veteran, said. “Very patriotic.”
“This country means a great deal to me and I’m sure it does to everyone out there, and when I hear these kids singing these songs I shed tears,” Dale Nelson said.
Dale Nelson is a World War Two Veteran who took the honor flight trip 5 years ago, and he’s is also an area recruiter for the trip because he wants other veterans to enjoy the experience.
“It’s profound, every stop you make it’s different and they get this send off, and they get a send off in Dallas and they’ll get a send off in Washington, this is a fabulous trip,” Nelson said.
The “Honor Flight Network” is a non-profit organization created to recognize American heroes, like Dewey Horton, for their service and sacrifices.
Horton has never been to D.C. and is excited to visit places that hold such historical significance.
“Seeing the memorials and the cemetery,” Horton said.
The veterans will see the World War II and Korean War Memorials, along with the Arlington National Cemetery and much more along the way.
As Nelson reflects on his trip to D.C., he said he couldn’t be more thankful.
“These guys just have absolutely no idea what they are about to experience. They’ll never forget it and they’ll talk about it everyone that’ll listen when they come home,” Nelson said.
Nelson said it’s a much deserved honor for those who gave so much for our country.
The veterans were sent on their way from Jefferson with an escort from the American Legion post 202 riders.
They will leave Friday morning from DFW and they return from Washington on Saturday afternoon.
This is the largest group to go from this area so far.