Hundreds of people filled the lobby of McGhee Tyson Airport Wednesday night to welcome home the 136 Vietnam veterans who took part in HonorAir Knoxville flight 24.

It was the 24th HonorAir flight, an all-expenses paid trip to the nation's capitol to see the memorials that stand in their honor. The one-day trip includes tours of the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force Memorials. In addition, the group will see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and drive past the Navy Memorial.

So far, HonorAir has taken more than 3,100 veterans to Washington D.C.

“When we return home and our veterans see all the flags, patriotic balloons and people lined up to welcome them they are incredibly touched that people care about the sacrifices they made for their country," said Eddie Mannis, chairman of HonorAir,

For more information, go to the HonorAir website.