Last week, over 20 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington, D.C. thanks to Brookshire’s WWII Heroes Flight.
The veterans left from Lafayette Regional Airport on Thursday morning and landed at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport in Arlington, Virginia to begin their three-day experience in the nation’s capital.
Along for the journey were KATC’s GMA co-anchor Dave Baker and photographer John Lee. The two documented every stop of the trip and now they’re sharing that journey with us.
Below is a collection of the photos and video of the “trip of a lifetime” for those who were able to take part.
Upon landing at the airport in Arlington, Virginia, the WWII veterans were greeted by cheers and applause from military personnel, airport staff, and regular travelers in the airport.
The group toured iconic monuments and memorials like those to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The veterans also made a stop at Capitol Hill for a quick lesson from Congressman Louis Gohmert, Jr. of Texas on the statues that stand inside the National Statuary Hall.
View photos and video from those stop below:
At the end of the day on Thursday, the veterans were welcomed back to their hotel with cheers from local students in Virginia.
On Friday, the veterans experienced the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Photos from that ceremony are below:
In the video below, the veterans make a visit to the Marine Corps War Memorial which was dedicated in 1954 and honors all Marines who have died in the defense of the United States since 1775.
The veterans arrived in Lafayette on Saturday, November 10 to a hero’s welcome.