Updated: 06/06/2014 6:26 PM |
Created: 06/06/2014 6:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
On Friday evening, 26 World War II veterans from New Mexico were welcomed at the Sunport by hundreds of Albuquerque families.
They were returning from an Honor Flight, a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National WWII Memorial. The veterans told KOB Eyewitness News 4 the trip brought feelings both of pride for their service and sadness remembering friends they lost.
The family of Arthur Clark was also at the Sunport. The veteran was supposed to go on the Honor Flight, but passed away two months ago. Instead, veterans brought his photo everywhere they went.
"He was very honored to be chosen to go to begin with. That was still trying to help get him get better, you know, you have to get better because you're going on the flight. But it just didn't work out that way," said Deb Hasse, Calrk's daughter. "So it was really nice they took (his picture), and the Marine that was with him the whole time. So apparently, it sounds like he was with them the whole time, so he got to see everything too."
This was the first Honor Flight for veterans from northern New Mexico, but they came from Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other cities. The flight itself was donated and the call number was "Honor Flight 0614" in reference to this momentous occasion.