Some local veterans took a trip of a lifetime Saturday to see the nation's war memorials in their honor.
Hundreds gathered at the Port Columbus International Airport to welcome home a flight of 82 veterans who returned from a memorable trip to Washington D.C. during an honor flight.
One remarkable Navy veteran of World War II who received special recognition is a woman turning 100 years old in just a few days.
"It's overwhelming. That's why it brought tears. I didn't expect this. I'm just coming home and I'm just me," said retired U.S. Navy Ensign Cleo Roberts.
"It's quite an experience. We landed in Baltimore. And had a crowd just like this in Baltimore with all the navy people there, and it brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't hardly talk," said retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lloyd Whitney.
Several veterans said they were anxious to see the World War II memorial.
Others said they were brought to tears by the changing of the guard at the Arlington National Cemetery.