LINCOLN, Neb. - Sunday night 654 Vietnam Veterans from 175 communities in Nebraska gathered for an Honor flight dinner before their big journey to Washington, D.C.
"We just really appreciate this it's unbelievable," said Navy Veteran Vincent Sauser, of Neligh, Nebraska.
Veterans danced to old familiar tunes and told stories of the war with long lost friends.
"It's like celebrating someone's birthday fifty years ago," said Navy Veteran Marty Ramirez, of Lincoln, Nebraska.
The pre-flight dinner gave veterans a chance to relax and for some put their minds at ease before their final mission home.
"Fifty years ago when we came home we were not welcomed. Their were a lot of hard feelings in our country and to the soldiers but things have changed one hundred percent now," said Army Veteran John Rypma, of Beatrice, Nebraska.
The rainy weather kept Lincoln airport staff from setting up all of the decorations outside Sunday. Airport staff will be working diligently Monday to give these veterans a homecoming they deserve.
Thousands are expected to be at the Lincoln airport Monday to welcome the veterans home. The flights are expected to land around 8:30 p.m. Monday.