Western Kentucky veterans return home from Honor Flight

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) More than 30 veterans and their guardians are back home in western Kentucky, remembering the sights they saw during their Honor Flight to Washington.

They returned to the National Guard Armory in Owensboro, surrounded by cheering crowds.

“Awesome. Emotional, primarily,” says Don Benton, a Vietnam War veteran.

“Wonderful,” adds World War II veteran Jack Clark. They came back full of memories, and emotions.

“I will remember,” said Doug Clark, who was a guardian for his father, Jack. “And it’s going to comeback two fold I guarantee you. It’s something that will stay with me the rest of my life.”

The group of 25 Vietnam War veterans, four World War II vets, and two Korean War veterans, spent a rainy Wednesday, visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

“It was wet, but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits,” said Benton.

“With the rain, you couldn’t hardly see some of the names,” adds Clark.

They also visited the Iwo Jima Memorial, and other places dedicated to those they served with.

“The unknown soldier. It was really impressive. Didn’t say a word. Didn’t have to,” Clark says.

“By the time we got there, it quit raining and the sun was nearly out, so I thought it was appropriate. What a beautiful view looking out onto that and seeing that ceremony and understanding the significance of it and the symbolism of it. It was a touching way to end the trip,” Benton adds.

Despite the weather being less than ideal this time, veterans encourage other vets to go on this ideal trip before its too late.

“It was fulfilling. It’s something I will remember a long time,” Doug says.

“We are not guaranteed today. We are not guaranteed our next breath. You need to go before it’s too late to appreciate and enjoy it,” Benton says.

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(This story was originally published on October 17, 2019)

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