Returning Marine shares welcome with Honor Flight fundraiser

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - Treasure Coast veterans and residents turned out Sunday to welcome home U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Chris Sills.

"This isn't just for me though. It's for all the veterans who didn't get it before me, all the service members who left and have not come home, or won't come home, God rest their souls," said Sills.

Sunday, the community also showed its support for Honor Flight by turning out in large numbers to help the group dedicated to the preservation of the memory of World War Two.

"My father was a World War Two veteran and wasn't able to go to Washington. It just makes me feel great that the public treasures our World War Two vets," said Honor Flight Chairman of the Board MIchael Roberts.

By the time the WWII memorial was completed, most of the vets it honors, were physically unable to make the trip on their own.

"We're raising money to take some of our older veterans from World War Two up to Washington. We charter a plane and go up there with usually 80 to 100 veterans," said Roberts.

"I'm very happy that our country is now recognizing that these men that are out there, are there so that we can be protected here to go about our daily lives. How we treat our veterans will ultimately decide what our future as a country is," said retired Marine Corps veteran Mike Seale.

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