They selflessly gave up their lives here at home to go halfway around the world and then risk their lives to defend freedom. In this week's Nevada Proud features, News 4 photographer Chuck King and I travel with the Nevada Honor Flight and World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans as they are given the opportunity to visit our Nation's Capital and the memorials built in their honor.
The Nevada Honor Flight trip began a 6am at the Reno Tahoe International airport. They came from all over the northern part of Silver State, and despite their common bond, it was rare to find two of them who'd met each other before the trip.
There are fathers and sons, friends and neighbors, some are complete strangers. Some were the first in line on draft day, some went career for Uncle Sam, and one of them had to be put on the bus to boot camp by a Sheriff's Deputy. And News 4 had the privilege to come along, and document their journey.
After less than half a day together, they're all brothers in arms once again, sharing a story, sharing a laugh, sharing a tear.
Our first stop in Las Vegas included a greeting worthy of these heroes, after that Chicago and then the final destination Baltimore. And in both locations, the same welcome deserving of the greatest generation this nation has ever seen.
For these men, this voyage will be more than memorials made from bronze and stone. For these Patriots, these are tributes to the memories they endured and fought through, and lived to tell the tale and these are their stories.
Over the next week, we will bring you stories of our Northern Nevada Veterans as they visit the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials. Their tour included the Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then to the Iwo Jima Memorial.