Female Honor Flight returns home

Posted at 12:05 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 14:05:10-04

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    WOWT (WOWT) — The heroes made it safely home.

An all-female Honor Flight landed back in Omaha Monday night, after spending the day touring the landmarks dedicated to their service.

The veterans were greeted with cheers and plenty of gratitude.

Around 135 female veterans made history Monday in the nation’s capital.

“I don’t think I could put a limit on how much fun it has been because I’m just that speechless. It’s just amazing to have the opportunity,” said Army veteran Jessica Beck.

The women all served in the military and fought in wars dating back to WWII.

“Some of these women have been through a lot over the years and have really laid for us to get to serve and get treated the way we were treated,” said Army National Guard veteran Katie Koopman.

Because women could not be drafted, all of women on the flight served voluntarily. That was a first for an Honor Flight.

“It makes me so thankful to get to live in a place that we get the freedom to get to serve our great nation and with all of these incredible women,” Koopman said.

They visited memorial after memorial. The non-stop day showed the veterans how big on an impact they made on freedom in the U.S.

“Oh, my goodness. We’ve been honored all day long. It has been so fun. Unnecessary, but so fun,” Koopman said.

Many said they were thrilled to be around so many strong women.

“It’s just amazing to see what and hear what some of these women have been through and their stories that they’re able to tell,” Beck said.

Everywhere the women went they were greeted with appreciation, especially when they returned home.

Everyone on the trip was female except for the bus drivers. That included the volunteers, journalists and even the flight crew.

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