It's been 70 years since Francis Cox fought aboard his U.S. naval ship, but he said touring the WWII memorial in the nation's capitol makes those days feel like yesterday.
"It does bring back memories," said Cox. "A lot of it I'd like to forget, you know there were some rough times."
Cox feels privillaged to have the opportunity to relive some of those memories by traveling to the memorial through the South Plains Honor Flight.
"It means a great deal to me," said Cox.
Korean War veteran Norman Wright remembers his time fighting, as well.
"It was a time when we knew our freedom was at risk and we had to do what was done," said Wright.
Wright said becasue he was fortuante enough to survive, he must now honor those who did not.
"They knew what it meant to sacrifice and to serve and they did it with honor, without complaint," said Wright. "We thank the veterans who gave their lives gave their all so that we might maintain the freedom that we have today, and I just pray to God that we'll keep it.
However, many veterans feared that once they arrived at the capitol, they would be turned away like other veterans had due to the government shutdown.
"I think that's a shame," said Wright.
For Wright and the other dozens of South Plains veterans, though, their trip ran smoothly.
"This is a dream come true to see the memorials that have been established for the veterans of WWII, Korea, and all of the things that have made this country what it is today, particularly the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom," said Wright.
Each year, the South Plains Honor Flight takes local veterans on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for three days to honor their services.
The trip costs $200,000 and is made possible compltetly through donations.
If you'd like to welcome the honor flight back, they land Friday at 9 pm at the Lubbock International Airport.