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WASHINGTON - The New England Honor Flight visited the World War II Memorial on Sunday morning, with about 20 veterans making the trek to D.C.

Under the bright skies and warm D.C. temperatures, most of these World War II veterans were visiting their memorial for the first, and possibly last, time.

The veterans descended from the bus to claps and cheers and were greeted as the heroes they are by tourists. Children came up to the veterans to shake their hands, middle-aged and young adults thanked them. A mom explained to her children during a group photo that these heroes fought for America during World War II.

The New England Honor Flight stayed for just over an hour, but it was long enough for some veterans - who don’t consider themselves heroes - to get emotional.

“I just did my part. The heroes are in the ground. There were so many soldiers [that] never come back. I feel really bad about that,” Gilbert Bineau said, an Army veteran.

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