KMOV: Creve Coeur senior center honors veterans ahead of their Honor Flight trip

Posted: Nov 11, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Updated: Nov 11, 2016 3:47 PM CST
By Claire Kellett, Anchor / Reporter
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CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV.com) — In a special ceremony Friday, Brookdale Senior Living in Creve Coeur honored all of it’s World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans.

“Thrilled to be alive, thrilled to be with a bunch of gentleman, thrilled to go on Honor Flight tomorrow,” said World War II veteran Al Katz.

About to turn 95, he can’t wait to take the Honor Flight to Washington DC Saturday to see the National World War II Memorial.

“I’m looking forward to it, taking two of my children, and I have a son who lives in Washington and works there.”

Others are simply thrilled to be recognized on Veterans Day, like Richard Waddington who also served in the Army in the Korean War.

“When we came back from the Korean War, we didn’t get the reception that vets are getting today. WWII got some, basically no reception for us.”

All the Brookdale residents received special attention from state lawmakers, compliments of Senator Jill Schupp.

“A resolution from the Missouri State Senate thanking you for your services and all you have done to serve our nation.”

They also were given an American flag that flew above the state capitol. The Honor Flight will take off a 5:30 AM Saturday and return that evening.

There are 21,000 veterans on a wait list to get to Washington D.C. as part of Honor Flight.

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