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Veterans receive hero's welcome Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

The third Waterloo Honor Flight is in the books, and already organizers are planning the next round, next spring.

Tuesday night, a very patriotic crowd welcomed home the Sullivan Hart Davis Post 730 honor flight.

Ninety veterans took that flight to the nation's capitol to see the World War II monument built in their honor.

But the trip is an experience.

One that starts the moment the vets step off the plane.

"Oh that was a wonderful welcome! they were just looking and welcoming," Corlis "Corky" Boylan, who Army man, said.

"They were just like a little cheering section! They were banging on stuff," Carsten Steen, retired merchant marine, said.

A group of volunteers make it part of their weekly routine to welcome World War II vets to Washington, D.C.

"It is a pleasure. It's a joy for me to meet these guys and to be able to say 'Hi,' to the spend time with them. It's the highlight of my week honestly. It's the least I can do for what they've done for me. It's the very least I can do," Suzette Youngblood, member of the welcoming committee, said.

Agnes Gouesse, a native of France, credits her very existence to the American soldiers.

"My grandfather was arrested and went to a camp in Buchwald. So I would not be here today if he was not saved by the American. So it is my way to honor these men today, and these women," Gouesse said.

Gouesse's six month old daughter, Josephine, is the first American-born citizen of her family.

Little Josephine won't remember this day, but the vets sure won't forget her.

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