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Father and son share Honor Flight experience
The Heartland Honor Flights to Washington D.C. the past year gave about 1500 Nebraska veterans the chance to experience the World War II Memorial. NEWS 5's Dennis Kellogg and videographer Kevin Rempe accompanied the veterans on one of the last two flights last week.
The trip is just for the veterans, but some of them had family members who found a way to experience it with them.
Some of the veterans' children and grandchildren made their own travel arrangements and met their fathers when the plane landed in Washington D.C.
Mark Jacobi of Hastings took a separate flight and was waiting when his dad Ed stepped off the bus at the World War II Memorial. The two then had the chance to spend the day touring the sites of D.C., sharing quality time together. Ed also shared stories with Mark about his time in the service.
"I was telling him just a little bit ago, those M–1 rifles, I used to be able to take those apart and put them back together again with my eyes closed," said Ed.
"Yesterday I had to text my wife and tell her I do not think I can take much more of this because the tears were wanting to burst and quite a lump in my throat. It is a great thing these men did for us," Mark said.
"It means a lot. Very much," said Ed. "He is a true son."
Mark called it a once in a lifetime experience to be able to spend this day with his dad.
Last week's back–to–back honor flights marked the end of the yearlong project. A reunion for all the veterans who went on one of the honor flights is planned for Memorial Day weekend in Omaha.
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