Veterans return on Honor Flight from Washington D.C. - FOX 13 News

Veterans return on Honor Flight from Washington D.C.

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A group of 80 Bay Area World War II veterans received a hero's welcome Tuesday when they returned home from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see several national monuments.

The flight, which included 80 guardians and several Honor Flight volunteers, left early Tuesday morning. They stopped at the World War II, Vietnam, Korean and Air Force Memorials while in D.C.

Hundreds of people packed into the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to welcome them back home.

The government shutdown of national parks and monuments did affect this Honor Flight -- the group wasn't able to visit the Lincoln or Marine Corps War Memorials. They also had to make a pre-approved stop at Arlington National Cemetery just to use the restrooms.

Those inconveniences, however, didn't put a damper on the veterans' experiences, several of whom called it the "best trip of their lives."

The next Honor Flight for Bay Area veterans leaves October 29, also from St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport.

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