Korean War veteran returns to Cape Fear from Honor Flight trip

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Roy Lettieri just returned from an Honor Flight trip to see war memorials in the Washington, D.C.

“They invite the veterans that were during WWII, which were the first ones, and of course now they are aging out,” Lettieri told WWAY before boarding his flight Friday. “They are now going into the Korean veterans, which I am one of.”

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Lettieri and hundreds of other Korean War veterans got first-class treatment to see everything from the Navy Memorial to the Arlington National Cemetary.

“We had a police escort that took us all over, I’ve never traveled through DC like that before” he said.

The former Marine says the Marine Corps Memorial was his favorite.

“The Marine Corps Memorial was especially welcoming and exciting to me because of the fact that I was a Marine,” Lettieri said.

Overall, Lettieri said nothing compares to sharing that experience with other veterans.

“Meeting all of the other Veterans, that was it, and getting the comradery,” he said. “We started off as strangers and before it was over, we all knew one another.”