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Family Greets their personal Hero during Honor Flight

The sixth Honor Flight took flight this weekend.  

And WAFF 48 News anchor Lee Marshall was on board.      

Honor Flight was just what Silas Haynes needed.  

He lost his wife in may and his health is fading.  

He was on board honor flight, but didn't go it alone.    

When he arrived in Washington D.C. he received a heroes welcome

The band was playing; the flags were waving, and the tears were flowing.  

For veteran Silas Haynes of Cullman County, his family was there to welcome him.       

His daughter, Beverly Denson, said, "My dad has early dementia, but he didn't know that my brother, my sister, and my son were coming. So it's been an emotional day for us."

Haynes served in the Army in artillery.          

He tells us about his time in service, "After the war was over, I was in prison camp about 3 months."      

"He served 6 months as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 13, the infamous Stalag Luft 13. It was horrendous conditions. We're very blessed that God kept him with us, & we're here to celebrate this with him. It's a wonderful day, wonderful day," said Denson.

His sister Sada Davis made the trip from Cullman.       

Davis said, "Oh it's been a wonderful experience. Something I would not miss for anything!"

Genia, the youngest daughter, made the trip too.   

Genia Hadaway said, "This is what we can do to greet them-honor them, their special day for the had work that they've done."

Silas Haynes is a hero to his family and his country.  

Mr. Haynes was one of 127 World War II veterans that made the trip to Washington D.C. on the sixth Honor Flight.

We're already planning for flight number seven next year.  

For more information on honor flight click here.

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