With Memorial Day right around the corner, Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby took time out of his D.C. schedule to welcome Tuscaloosa World War II and Korean War veterans to the nation’s capital on Wednesday.
The veterans are visiting Washington, D.C. as part of their Honor Flight, a program that helps veterans from across the country visit D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor. Flights are funded by donations from organizations and individuals. This particular trip was funded by the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club.
“The Honor Flight program provides our military heroes with the opportunity to view the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice, and I was grateful to play a small role in paying tribute to them today,” said Shelby after meeting the veterans. “My visit with these veterans served as a reminder that we owe our men and women in uniform, both past and present, a great debt of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy every day as Americans. We must never forget their patriotism, bravery, and selfless dedication to our great nation.”
The veterans met and were photographed with Shelby at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.