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Veterans visit historical sites during second day of Wday Honor Flight

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The service and sacrifice of 90 area men and women are being honored in Washington DC on the Wday Honor Flight.

These veterans told us why for so many, this trip has been a dream come true.

Day two in D.C. consisted of a jam packed schedule for these service men and women.

The day started with breakfast at 7 a.m., then on the bus to see about a dozen historical sites in only about eight hours.

"It's been an honor for me to come here and see that," said Ambrose Blaeser, Korean War veteran.

The first stop of the day was at the National archives, seeing the constitution, bill of rights and Declaration of Independence, all documents that make our country a place of freedom, something these service men and women hold dear and defended.

Then, they spent time at the Lincoln memorial, followed by the places they all came to see: memorials for the Korean War, Vietnam War and World War Two, which were built in their honor.

"Unbelievable. I can't say what it really means to me to come here," said Blaeser.

After the memorials, there was a bus tour of historic sites including the White House, capitol plus several others.

While this whirlwind trip is wrapping up for these veterans, there is one last surprise.

A large welcome home celebration, full of fanfare will be waiting for them as they arrive at Hector International Airport.

The Honor Flight is expected back at Hector tonight at 8 and the entire community is invited to be there to give the veterans a deserving heroes homecoming.

You're welcome to bring flags and signs and be ready to cheer.

If you haven't been apart of it, it is an amazing experience for the veterans and the crowd.

Amy Unrau

Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.

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