WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFXR News) – Starting bright and early Saturday, area veterans representing three different war eras began their tour of the memorials built in their honor. With countless well-wishers upon the way, the heroes had the chance to view the Arlington National Cemetery – including The Changing of the Guard ceremony – Women’s War Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Navy Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Korea Memorial. Many of the 14 veterans on the trip had never seen any of them in person, including the memorial honoring their service to the country.
Special moments included: Norma Jean Ridenhour, a charter member of the Women’s War Memorial, visiting the memorial for the first time. A number of Marine veterans met a group of enlisted Marines at the Iwo Jima Memorial and were able to pass on their insight and a few stories of their own times enlisted to the younger group. At the Navy Memorial, the group was met by a first year student at the Naval Academy, where the Navy veterans were able to speak and teach the young student about their own experiences in the service. While at the WWII Memorial, the three WWII veterans on the trip were treated like rockstars. The crowds parted for them, while cheering for them all around the memorial and showing them a great welcome to the memorial built to honor them.