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Honor Flight Returns to GSP

Date: October 13, 2010

There was red, white and blue as far as the eye could see on Tuesday evening, October 12 at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

American flags flew high as hundreds of families, friends and community members gathered in the GSP terminal to welcome back veterans who participated in a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. sponsored by “Honor Flight Upstate”. The program provided free one-day, round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C. for some 80 World War II veterans. The veterans and volunteer guardians visited the WWII, Vietnam, Korean and Marine Corps war memorials.

The Clemson University Pep band played in the background as the veterans received a hero’s welcome with salutes from Southside High School’s ROTC along with the Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens County Sherriff’s Departments.

“Can't help but bring tears to your eyes. You appreciate it so much," said Dallas Cone, WWII veteran who made Tuesday’s trip.