Local vets get hero’s welcome home from 25th Honor Flight

A veteran touches the wall at the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. during the 25th...
A veteran touches the wall at the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. during the 25th Greater Peoria Honor Flight.(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 8:30 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Our heroes are home after the 25th Greater Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Tuesday.

The day started early for our veterans. The plane took off from Peoria International Airport just before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, and throughout the day, the veterans visited all of the memorials built to honor their service. Some even laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

About 75 veterans made the trip, and some said old friends met them in Washington just to say thank you.

“It’s just amazing, what this country gives,” Vietnam War veteran Joe Smith said.

“The whole experience is just really nice,” Vietnam War Veteran Roy Skipminger said.

“It means a lot. It’s certainly something I’ve been looking forward to since they started it,” Vietnam Veteran Loys Parker said.

The plane arrived back to Peoria on time, touching down to cheers from hundreds of friends, family and fellow veterans. On the way home, veterans received mail bags full of letters of appreciation from friends, family and local schoolchildren.

“It means a lot. It’s certainly something I’ve been looking forward to since they started it,” Vietna, War Veteran Loys Parker said.

“[I] can’t wait for me to get back and tell [my friends] all about it,” Vietnam veteran Judith Kinman said.