WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFDA) - One by one, those who served our country make their way into the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. in just one stop of many on a memorable Texas Panhandle Honor Flight.
"You know, you look at the greatest generation, World War II veterans who we're losing more and more of them every day," said Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "Their numbers are starting to dwindle now. But they transformed the world."
Six of those World War II veterans are on this flight, getting the chance to honor the fallen through a wreath ceremony, while fellow veterans, community members, state leaders and others get the chance to say thank you.
"It's just a privilege to say thank you to each and every one of them, that the state of Texas is grateful for your service and the whole country is grateful for your service," said Sen. Cruz. "We just want to say thank you."
With a flight packed with veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and from all different branches of the military, this trip is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.
"You bring veterans together. Some of them know each other, some of them don't," said Cruz. "They're able to share common experiences, build friendships, and come here and remember. Remember fellow soldiers and friends they lost, and remember the privilege of standing up and answering the call."
But for those six World War II veterans, the first stop of the trip is just the beginning for a weekend of memories, pride and emotions.