Second Honor Flight For World War II Veterans

Over 100 world war 2 veterans took an honor flight to the nations capital to reflect on their past serving the United States Wednesday.

After a full day in Washington D.C. the veterans returned to Craven County where hundreds of people welcomed them home. 108 World War II veterans made the trip to the nations capitol visiting memorials and meeting two U.S. senators from N.C.. The trip was an all day event Wednesday but for veteran Archie Portis it was a trip that reminded of one years ago coming home.

"On the ship when I was returning from overseas I was up at four o'clock in the morning -could see NY statue of liberty - brought tears to my eyes and still does," said WW II veteran Archie Portis.

This was the second honor flight in Eastern Carolina. The first one was in September of 2010.

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The second honor flight for World War II veterans took place Wednesday morning from New Bern to Washington D.C.

Honor Flight Southeastern North Carolina, a non-profit organization, reports 108 World War II veterans and their guardians were flown from New Bern to Washington D.C.

The veterans met both United States senators from North Carolina while at the memorial.

You can welcome back these members of the “Greatest Generation” at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern at 7:30 p.m.

WITN was proud to be on the first honor flight and to share some of the stories of the more than 100 veterans who took part.

We requested to ride along for this flight, but unfortunately, the flight was full. We do plan to be at the airport Wednesday evening to capture the homecoming and talk to the vets about their day in Washington D.C.


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  • by Grateful Location: enc on May 5, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    God bless you and thank you for your service! Yours truly was the Greatest Generation and we are indebted to you for the freedoms we enjoy today.
  • by James Location: New Bern on May 4, 2011 at 09:03 PM
    My wife took our kids out to greet the vets this evening. I had to work. Hope all involved had a great time. I thank each and every one of them for their service to our country and all our current service members now serving.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    One of the men going is Mr. Cherry. He is a world War Two vet who helps out at the VVA hut in Greenville. What wonderful stories he has told us. I hope eeryone comes out to welcme them on their return from DC. And God, bless them all.
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