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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.