PHOTO GALLERY: Veterans celebrated at 17th Honor Flight
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | 12:11 p.m. CDT;
updated 12:33 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 26, 2013
COLUMBIA — World War II and Korean War veterans were welcomed home after their trip to Washington, D.C. just after midnight Wednesday. The Central Missouri Honor Flight volunteers left at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning with 67 veterans to visit war memorials. They were escorted back to the Courtyard Marriott by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and 248 Honor Flight Riders on motorcycles where more than 100 friends, family and volunteers were gathered.
Ralph Dobbs stands in his original uniform in front of Courtyard Marriot Hotel on Tuesday night. Dobbs, a member of the Marine Corps, was a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Stacey Ross applauds while welcoming the veterans in front of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on Tuesday night. Ross, of Macon Healthcare, was there to welcome Marion Pilkington, one of the center's residents.
Shirley Forgy, left, and Natalie Gibson sing while waving U.S. flags at the *Courtyard Marriott Hotel on Tuesday night.
Natalie Gibson, left, talks to her son, Dennis Gibson at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on Tuesday night. Dennis Gibson, a Vietnam War veteran, was the guardian to his father during the welcoming of the Honor Flight veterans.
Ride coordinators Mike Helm, left, and Reed Hickam give a briefing of the veterans' ride to Kingdom City Fire Fighters Memorial on Tuesday night. "This is history right here," Helm said.
Ride coordinators Mike Helm, left, and Reed Hickam wait on the highway for the buses carrying the Honor Flight veterans to arrive on at the Kingdom City Fire Fighters Memorial on Tuesday night.
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