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Vets return home to cheers after Honor Flight

Friends and family wait to greet the returning vets. Friends and family wait to greet the returning vets.
SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The final Honor Flight of the season landed Wednesday night at the Toledo Express Airport, carrying 56 World War II veterans, and 14 Korean War vets.

The heroes and their family members stepped off the plane to cheers and waving flags. An honor guard was waiting for them, and a band was playing.

But the veterans almost didn't get to go to the nation's capitol to see the war memorials. Their trip was nearly canceled over concerns the partial government shutdown would mean they couldn't access the memorials.

"Bob Latta and Marcy Kaptur were both there for us," said Ned Ammons, and World War II vet from Genoa. "There were a lot of people there, it wasn't just us. They were letting them go all the way. I couldn't ask for a better day!"

There were no barricades Wednesday, and the vets saw the World War II Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima Marine Corp Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial.

"Our Honor Flight went as nearly normal as can be expected, and we're very glad we made the decision we did, to go today," said David Chilson, from Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.

Organizers had feared that some World War II veterans would not be able to attend if they had rescheduled the flight. Luckily, they went, and many memories were made.

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