SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Families and service members welcomed soldiers home Saturday – 40 years later. The Utah Honor Flight took 48 Vietnam Veterans to Washington D.C. to see their national monuments and they came home to a heroes welcome.
Two brothers, Gary and Barry Skinner served together and this week they were honored together. Gary said, “It was fantastic, the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my life. At last we got the honor we deserve.”
This flight was the first attended by only Vietnam Veterans. Many were ignored or mistreated when they came home the first time. But Barry said, “Vietnam veterans didn’t get a warm welcome the first time but this certainly makes up for it.”
The Utah Honor Flight has now taken 1,200 veterans back to D.C. and they couldn’t do it without the help of community members. Nate Wade Subaru donated $40,000 for this trip; their owner Kirk Schneider said, “These are people that made this country great. From all the veterans. Not just the Vietnam veterans but everyone who served this country. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without these people’s service.”
To donate to the Utah Honor Flight or to apply to go on a flight, visit the Utah Honor Flight website.