WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Greater Lafayette honor flight returned from its trip to Washington D.C.
The plane touched down at the Purdue University Airport as hundreds of community members welcomed the veterans back home.
The flight carried more than 80 veterans and their guardians to visit historic memorial sights
This allowed them to pay their respects to those who died in the line of duty.
Families brought flags, signs, balloons and hugs to the welcoming ceremony.
Many veterans told News-18 they were fortunate to visit places like the Arlington National Cemetery.
But, they were ready to come home and see family.
One Navy veteran was blown away by the support.
"My wife and my nieces and nephews were there," said Victor Lauerman. "It's just family is so important with us."
West Lafayette and Purdue firefighters along with the Boy Scouts and many other organizations volunteered to help the veterans off the plane.
There is one last Greater Lafayette honor flight, but it has yet to be planned.