Honor Flight gives World War II Veterans in San Diego the gratitude they deserve

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Honor Flight San Diego gave local World War II Veterans the thanks they deserve. Honor Flight provides an all expenses paid trip for Veterans to take a trip from Lindbergh Field to Washington D.C. annually, giving them a full tour of our capital as a means to express gratitude for their service. The return home to San Diego comes attached with a hero’s welcome as hundreds of people cheer and greet them when they arrive back home through Lindbergh Field. Those currently enlisted in the military attended in uniform to pay their respects.

Countless Veterans never received the thanks and welcome they deserve following World War II because of the massive staggered waves they returned in from Europe and Asia. Honors Flight takes the opportunity to take them through memorials in D.C. before bringing them back home to San Diego for a proper welcome.

Private 1st Class in the Marine Corps Adam Ballard waited in uniform to greet his father, a Navy Veteran who served in Vietnam. 

"He’s filled with pride and honor because he’s with other marines, other sailors, other airmen who were all with them in Vietnam and Korea," Ballard said. "They were all brothers."

Ballard’s father received a medal of honor for his duty, but Adam isn’t trying to follow in his footsteps. "What hangs around my father’s neck is not just his, it’s America’s, and he wears it for the men that didn’t come home."

One woman at Lindbergh Field was finally able to greet her friend who was one of only 50 women in the U.S. Marines to serve in World War II. Another Veteran was able to share his gratitude to his fellow Veterans he had never met before. A sense of pride from the returning heroes and gratitude from those in attendance was undeniable, even 70 years after their service to the country. 

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