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NEWS10 Special Report: Honor Flight


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Saturday was a day of reflection for more than 50 local World War II veterans who headed to Washington, D.C. Saturday on an honor flight.

The area veterans, many in their 80’s and 90’s, made their journey on the honor flight Saturday morning. They returned to a full salute from the Patriot Guard Riders and cheers from family and friends who couldn't wait to hear about their memorable day at their memorial.

World War II veterans Jane McCauley and Stuart Yorkshire say it's a day they will cherish and it reinforces their choice to serve our country.

At the memorial, many of the visitors reflected on their time fighting for their country.

One veteran, Gedeon Lacroix, says he spent four days in a foxhole at Iwo Jima.

“We crawled up that sand and we were crawling like ants,” he said.

During his time overseas, he witnessed the iconic image of the flag being raised.

Everyone on the honor flight had their own story.

Bob Tarpinian prepared the landing site for the D-day invasion.

“We were notified to go into the beach with the signalman to set up the beach,” he said.

Visiting the WWII memorial also brought back memories of those they served with.

For Stuart Yorkshire, it was the fellow soldier he saved -- earning him the bronze star. But other reflections, like liberating concentration camps, are much more painful.

"Because of the horror of it all. Mutilated bodies and starving bodies, and just very traumatic,” said Yorkshire.

Inevitably, many reflected on those who didn't come home.

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