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Hundreds welcome home 86 Veterans on Honor Flight Upstate

GREER, S.C. (WSPA) - On Saturday night, hundreds gathered to welcoming home Americans heroes.

Earlier in the day, 86 veterans got on a flight, for a day trip, to the nation’s capital for a chance to see the war memorials built in their honor.

Many Veterans did not get the welcome home they deserved, when they returned from war. That was until Saturday, when the were greeted at GSP International by their wives, kids, and even great grand kids.

"So glad. I'm proud to call you my great-grand daddy because of your brave heart and service in the army," Taylor Barker told 7News. 

Taylor Barker couldn’t wait to give her Great Grandfather a letter she wrote, but she wasn’t the only one patiently waiting for him and the 85 other veterans coming back from Washington D.C. to arrive at the airport. Many of them singing songs to pass the time.

Within the large crowd, gathered at GSP International, was one family all sporting matching shirts to show support for their favorite veteran. “He couldn’t wait to get out of bed and get dressed and get out here,” said the nephew of the Veteran. 

Saturday marked the 18th Honor Flight Upstate. The Veterans on the flight included those that served from World War II, the Korean War and even some from recent wars including Iraq. 

On Saturday night the Veterans came down the main terminal at GSP International to long awaited and hugs, kisses and much deserved thank you’s from those who look up to them the most.

“This makes you feel better about your home and the people that live here,” a Veteran told 7News. “It’s long overdue.”

Honor Flight Upstate has been around for a decade and has flown more than 1,200 Veterans to Washington D.C. 

It cost around $750 dollars per Veteran for the trip, all free of charge to them.

To learn more about Honor Flight Upstate, click here. 


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