BOISE -- Dozens of local World War II veterans returned home to Boise Thursday afternoon after a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital.
The 26 veterans' trip to Washington D.C. was arranged by Honor Flight of Idaho.
Earl A. Lilley, who spent 62 years in the Air Force, said he had been before, but this trip gave him a new appreciation.
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"A long time ago, when I was about 12 years old, I belonged to the school boy patrol in Pennsylvainia and they took us there but I don't remember that trip very well," he said. "It was a while ago, you know."
Lilley said he loved seeing the monuments, but his favorite part of the Honor Flight was connecting with his fellow veterans.
"Visiting with all these people that went with me, finding out where they served during the war and what they did," he said. "I ran across one guy who was in Italy, stationed within about 20 miles of where I was, only I flew B-24s and he flew B-17s. But we had a nice visit."
The trip is an annual event paid for through donations to the non-profit Honor Flight of Idaho. For more information on the group, click here.
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