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World War II Vets Gather for Farewell

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MOBILE, Ala. -

WWII veterans received the royal treatment, a hero's welcome, as they entered Fort Whiting Armory Sunday for their legacy reunion.

The reunion celebrated an accomplishment-- met with the help of doctor barry booth. With his leadership and many volunteers and sponsors, all WWII veterans who wanted to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. Have done so.

"We bonded together, took on the mission, and delivered. We did our very best for americas best," says Dr. Booth.

Memories were provided through this program that will last a lifetime for the men and women who fought in World War II.

"I think about it frequently, the different monuments we saw, and everything else we saw," says veteran Nina Secrist.

Talking about the memorial, James Butcher, another vet, says, "I just had to catch my breath. It just almost took my breath away. Something that we had been waiting for for so many years that we should have had years before."

As for Dr. Booth, it may have been a lot of work taking nine flights full of vets and guardians to the nation's capital, but he'd do it all over again.

"I'm probably one of the most fortunate people on the planet. I've lived my dream because these men and women brought home victory in World War II. I get to pass that on to my children, and I get to pass that on to my grandchildren. Can't ask for a better dream than that."

So, yes, it was a bittersweet day, as we bring the South Alabama Honor Flight program to a close, but remember the joy it brought to the greatest generation.

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