Only WWII veteran moved by Honor Flight trip

WASHINGTON (WSAW) -- On the 35th Honor Flight, Navy veteran Francis Sautner was in a league of his own as the only veteran from World War II.

Sautner spend his time in D.C. visiting the memorials honoring his service.

"I served in the North Atlantic and South Pacific. It's [The Honor Flight Trip] fabulous so far. I had no idea that it was going to be this great. These people have done a tremendous job,” Saunter explained.

And even though he loved his time at the memorials, he was shocked at the welcome he received at the Washington, D.C. airport.

"Landing here at Washington, D.C. and seeing all those people out there to greet us is really something,” he said.

Saunter’s granddaughter, Kim Bender, was able to take the trip as his guardian. A trip that was just as emotion for her, as it was him.
“It made my eyes water. It was just so awesome to see him get all of this. It's just amazing,” Kim said.

Both says it was the experience of a lifetime.

"It's amazing absolutely amazing. It means the world to me to get this experience with him. We're very close anyways so this is just awesome,” Kim shared.

Kim says she’s looking forward to bringing her children to D.C. to see the legacy her grandfather left behind.