WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A group of Alaskans is on the trip of a lifetime in our nation’s capital this week. 23 veterans are visiting memorials built in their honor.
“Here I am! Lucky, lucky! “ said Toras Fisk, a World War II veteran from Homer, AK.
Fisk fought in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He rollled around Washington as part of the Last Frontier Honor Flight that brought him and his brothers in arms around the National Mall.
“75 years ago when I was in service, I never imagined anything...you never could dream of anything like this here. It’s beautiful,” said Fisk.
Most of the veterans are from the Korean War and Vietnam War, but three World War II veterans made the long trip.
Dick Brooks served in the Army during World War II. He was also seeing his memorial for the first time.
“We need to remember what these people did, all the lives that were lost,” said Brooks.
He says the memorials serve as an important reminder to folks visiting the National Mall that generations of men and women have sacrificed everything for their country.
“As they say, ‘this is a big deal to be here,’” said Brooks.
The group has another day of touring Friday before heading home to Alaska Friday night.