Veterans welcomed home after Honor Flight

Syracuse, NY (WSYR-TV) - Veterans from Central New York spent an emotional day in the nation's capital, touring the memorials dedicated to their service. The trip is free, through Honor Flight. One of the most touching moments comes at the very end as veterans are welcomed home by neighbors waiting in the airport.


Some welcomes are decades in the making, while others will never come again.


"My dad served in WWII; he was in both the Army and the Air Force. He was in Germany and he was a disabled vet. He passed away in a car accident," said Kathy Barany, "That's one of the reasons I'm here, my dad is deceased, but I wanted to come honor him because it's the same age group."


The sadness of her loss is softened by seeing the joy of the veterans who made the trip.


"He would've been very proud to be part of this," Barany said. "My dad waved the red, white, and blue before 9/11 and he was such an American. He loved his country; he would've been proud to be here to be part of that."


This was the ninth trip to Washington D.C. for Honor Flight Syracuse. They hope to keep flying as long as it takes to make sure veterans see their memorials.

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