Oklahoma veterans visit World War II memorials


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Updated: 9/18/2013 10:57 pm Published: 9/17/2013 4:59 pm


Wednesday was a special day for a group of Oklahoma World War II veterans.

It's called the Oklahoma Honor Flight and it gave the vets a chance to fly to Washington, D.C. to see the veterans' memorials.

It is their memorial, this visit stirring many memories for these Oklahoma World War II veterans.

"It's almost like a dream sometimes," said Sol Smith.

Smith refused to sit in a wheelchair; he had to get up and walk with his childhood friend, Bob Rigney.

They were president and vice president of their Fairfax high class of '28 and they hadn't seen each other in decades.

"I had no idea he was going he had no idea I was going. I heard his name, looked down and there he was," said Smith.

There were 82 vets on this trip. Altogether in the past three years they've flown more than 1,300 World War II vets to Washington, D.C.

"It is so deeply touching. I can't believe you're here. I'm so happy to see you," said Sam Aubrey.

His daughter and granddaughter were with him.

"Pretty happy… to see him and to have him here for this day it means so much," said his granddaughter, Heather Green.

Five female veterans were on this honor flight.

Hetty Kurtz was a nurse in the Pacific.

"You're just overcome," she said.

The veterans say that's the toughest part, but also the most important: remembering friends who didn't make it home.

"It's hard and yet at the same time I'm glad I remember them. You gotta remember them," said Smith.



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