After taking flight to Washington, D.C. last week, 20 veterans from around the area toured the city and the many monuments and memorials honoring historical figures and those who bravely served.
On Day two of their trip, the veterans began their day with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. There, the men got to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The men shared in the emotional ceremony with other spectators, but it was clear that witnessing the moment for these men had a deeper meaning.
“I look forward to the discipline they have,” says Earl Weber of Lafayette. “I wish we had more of that not only in military life but in civilian life.” Mr. Weber severed in the United State Navy and Air Force during World War II. When asked what he was thinking while looking over the graves of those who now rest in Arlington National Cemetery he says, “It could be me.”
Arnold Addison of Ragley served with the Marines during World War II. His words following the ceremony ring true for those who have served and continue to serve our country.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done,” Ragley says. “Something had to be done.”
From Arlington, the veterans headed to the Iwo Jima Memorial, witnessed a military color guard at the World War II Memorial, and some even had surprise visits from family.
Stops also included the Vietnam wall, The Korean Memorial, the Navy Memorial, Air Force Memorial.
Everywhere the veterans traveled in D.C., cheers and applause followed. It was a moving day that ended with a reception for the vets at the E.D. White Knights of Columbus.
Tomorrow on GMA, we conclude our trip to Washington, D.C. with the veterans. Sharing letters and a return home to Lafayette.
For photos and video from Day One and Day Two of the trip click here.