It's already a day of emotions, bonding and memories for honor flight veterans, but a few lucky ones experienced something unlike any other.
Last weeks' Honor Flight had a few surprise visitors.
CBS 4 tag along on the 25th Honor Flight out of the Quad Cities and got to capture some of the most touching moments.
Clapping, and yelling, it was surprise "Dad, didn't expect to see me here," said George Matthiessen, who surprise his dad for the flight.
Three vets were blown away by family members showing up in D.C. to share some memories.
"I mean in case he forgot his name, I let him know I was there!!"
"I'm excited to spend the day with my dad, we don't get to spend a lot of time together," said Mattiessen.
"My Aunt Shirley called me and told me that he's going to be in the honor flight and I am so excited because I now live in the dc area, "said an Honor Flight's member's niece.
"I left the naval academy today. They approved my request this morning so I came out to see the honor flight," said Matt Truninger, who surprised his grandpa in D.C..
George Mathiessen is in the air force, he drove 5 hours from his base in North Carolina to see dad.
"I don't get to see him that often, I was thrilled to see him because I hadn't seen him for about three years," said Donald Matthiessen, who was surprised him in D.C..
And dad said every second counts.
"Because I never know how much longer I'll be around."
As for Raymond Lootens, and his niece, she said seeing him get off that flight was something amazing.
"I'm so proud of him for serving his country and his family and I'm just so glad I could greet him it was wonderful."
She said every vet should get this amazing honor.
"They served their country this is the least we can do."
Ed Truninger said having his grandson Matt stroll up to him at the WWII Memorial was something else.
"It's got to be special when your grandson can meet you in Washington at a monument like this it's got to be special," Ed said spending the day with him was amazing, and although Matt didn't follow grandpas' footsteps and join the Army, grandpa said the Navy is growing on him.
"Maybe a little, I don't wear his sweatshirts"
Three days made. Three families reunited.
Three more people honoring these vets.
"My whole goal was to surprise him and I could just tell by the look on his face that he was surprised."
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