WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Saturday, it was a warm welcome home for the men and women of Honor Flight. "It feels great to have them all here welcoming us home," said Francis Jeffcott, a Chief Storekeeper for the US Navy during World War Two.
This homecoming was much more welcoming than their arrival on the beaches of Normandy, or in the Pacific Theatre.
"We just couldn't believe how many people were there. Over 300,000 graves," said PFC Arthur White, a former soldier in the US Army.
The men returned from a one day trip to the World War Two Memorial in Washington DC.
For some, it was the trip of a lifetime. "I think it was terrific...it was the greatest thing...it brought back a lot of memories," said William Kahan, a former First Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps.
For al the men involved, the trip brought back many memories of the opening salvo against America, and memories of those lost, in America's response.
"Soon as they hit the island they were killed...it just...by name Irving Finkelstein and Irving Miller," said White.
However, according to the veterans and their families, the most important memories, are those made Saturday night by the youngest generation. Memories of what it takes, to be a real hero. "This is my country and I'm going to fight for it...that's my privilege," said Lingen Felder, a former corporal in the US Army.