A Huge Surprise Awaits These Veterans Entering The WWII Memorial – Their Faces Say It All

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“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they walk by.” – Will Rogers

The mission of the non-profit organization Honor Flights Network is to honor the veterans of America for their immense sacrifices.  They do this by bringing these heroes to our nation’s capital to visit and take in the memorials erected in their honor.

Time is running out to express our thanks to the World War II veterans, who fought to save our nation and the world.  With around 640 WWII vets dying each day, time is running out to express our gratitude.

The photos below beautifully capture the surprise and thanks our precious veterans experienced on a recent honor flight.

 

These vets are welcomed warmly at public memorials around the city. Image Credit: Katherine Cresto/KatherineCresto.com
These vets are welcomed warmly at public memorials around the city. Image Credit: Katherine Cresto/KatherineCresto.com
However, Honor Flight veterans who arrived at the WWII Memorial on Veterans Day were in for a surprise.
However, Honor Flight veterans who arrived at the WWII Memorial on Veterans Day were in for a surprise.
The lane into the memorial was lined with hundreds of people…
The lane into the memorial was lined with hundreds of people…
… many of them young students. mage Credit: Katherine Cresto/KatherineCresto.com
… many of them young students. mage Credit: Katherine Cresto/KatherineCresto.com
Waiting with banners.
Waiting with banners.
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And a full encore of military service men and women waiting to welcome them.
Even former Senator Bob Dole showed up.
Even former Senator Bob Dole showed up. Image Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
So, when the bus of Honor Flight veterans pulled in…
So, when the bus of Honor Flight veterans pulled in…
…this is what they saw + very *LOUD CHEERS*
…this is what they saw + very *LOUD CHEERS*
The first veteran down the cheering lane just looked overjoyed:
The first veteran down the cheering lane just looked overjoyed:
Others basked in the warm welcome:
Others basked in the warm welcome:
Some looked shocked:
Some looked shocked:
The procession lasted well into the memorial.
The procession lasted well into the memorial. Image Credit: Katherine Cresto/KatherineCresto.com
Once inside, the group was greeted by a spontaneous line of well-wishers, uniformed members of the military & tourists. The procession lasted over 45 minutes.
Once inside, the group was greeted by a spontaneous line of well-wishers, uniformed members of the military & tourists. The procession lasted over 45 minutes.
These veterans were thanked properly on Veterans Day.
These veterans were thanked properly on Veterans Day.

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