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WWII veterans take final Honor Flight

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BIRMINGHAM - AL -
When there are veterans to be honored, Alabamians turn out in full force. Tonight hundreds packed the Birmingham airport -- waiting to cheer on Alabama's Greatest Generation.

"We are the greatest generation perhaps," Harold Faris, WWII veteran said. "Hopefully there will be other generations to come."

They came armed with t-shirts, flags, and hats. Mary Beth Walker has all three.

"I'm so patriotic anyways, I'm always cheering somebody on!" Mary Beth Walker, veteran's wife said.

She is patiently waiting on her husband- Joby-  a wait she knows well.

"My husband Joby went into the war in March of '45 and the war was over that Summer. He served in the dental unit in the Navy," Walker said.

Joby Walker served  in World War II. Thursday, he was one of 172 veterans who boarded the last flight to the World War II monument in Washington DC.

"I haven't seen this before, but it brings tears to your eyes, Joseph Walker, her husband said.

For Mary Beth, this wait is bittersweet. In fact, it's not her last. In just a few short days she'll be saying goodbye to her grandson.

"I've got two grandsons in active Marines right now," Walker  said. "One of them is deploying next week  to Afghanistan."

The latest in a long line of their legacy of service.

"We've had someone serving the country for all those generations," Walker said.

"I'm not a hero," Joseph 'Joby' Walker said. "All these other guys are."

An "Honor Flight" in May last year was supposed to be the last one. But Thursday's was added because there were still so many veterans wanting to go.