Dozens of East Tennessee veterans returned home Wednesday night after an emotional trip.
The veterans stepped off the plane to cheers, a band and hundreds of smiling faces to welcome them home. It was all part of the Honor Air Knoxville program.
Wednesday morning, the veterans traveled to Washington, DC to tour memorials built in their honor. For many, it was their first trip to the nation's capitol.
Veterans we spoke to said that seeing the hundreds gathered to welcome them home was very emotional.
"Oh I cried. I couldn't believe it. There's hundreds of people over there and it's simply wonderful. You couldn't expect something like that," said US Navy veteran Virgil Carringer.
The trip is paid for by donations and is free for the veterans.