WASHINGTON D.C. (KELO) — This past weekend 120 Vietnam War Veterans went to Washington D.C. for Midwest Honor Flight.
As you may recall, there was not a warm welcome back to the United States for these men and women around fifty years ago.
Anti-war protests created a rough environment for returning veterans, many of whom were drafted.
This weekend, the organizers of Midwest Honor Flight set out to change that memory.
Veteran Daniel M. Weber had a very small welcome home from the Army. He said he noticed “a cold shoulder” upon returning from the war.
A memory in stark contrast to the memories formed this weekend.
“The reception we got at Reagan National Airport, I mean every vet we talked to, it blew us right out of our boots, we couldn’t believe it,” Weber said.
Watch welcomes in the airport, aboard the plane, at memorials and back in Sioux Falls in our KELOLAND.com Original Report in the player above.
This is the first of a series of reports coming this week from Mission 6 of Midwest Honor Flight.