Photos by MCC Ryan Wilbur
Seabees attached to Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, welcome home World War II (WWII) veterans during a homecoming for 91 WWII veterans from the Gulfport area as they returned from their 1-day trip visiting war memorials in Washington, D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery as part of Honor Flight VI at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The veterans are transported to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – WWII survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill. The Mississippi veterans made national headlines as they crossed barriers to visit the closed WWII memorial during the government shutdown.