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Korean Veterans get Heroes Welcome at Eppley Airfield

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Korean Veterans get Heroes Welcome at Eppley Airfield

By Jackie Mora. CREATED Mar 26, 2014

Omaha, Ne- Decades after they fought in the Korean War, Nebraskan veterans see the memorial dedicated to their service. 

More than three hundred and fifty Korean War veterans took part in the largest and last Honor Flight out of Eppley Airfield. The veterans boarded 3 chartered planes early Tuesday morning for a trip of a lifetime. 

After landing in Washington, D.C., they headed to the National Mall to visit the Korean War Monument, World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. 

While at the nation's capitol, they faced cold and snowy weather, but braved the elements just like they did in Korea. The veterans say they felt a warm welcome wherever they went. 

"It was great, we were treated like kings, and everybody around the whole area, they see you've got your cap on and your coat and they come up and say congratulations and thank you," said Korean War Veteran, Jerry Himmelberg. 

After touring the national mall, the veterans flew back to Omaha and got a huge patriotic homecoming at Eppley Airfield. 

Patriotic music, American flags, homemade signs and thousands of supporters welcomed the veterans home. 

Mary Zach, the daughter of a Korean War veteran say she welcomed home her father along with her mother and 9 siblings. “It’s amazing, it's awesome, great to be a part of so much fun we are very proud," says Zach. 

The Honor Flights were paid for by donations.