WASHINGTON D.C. (WHAS11) -- World War II veterans got a special greeting in Washington from Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.
Thirty Louisville area veterans flew out early Thursday morning and arrived in the nation’s capitol on the 69th anniversary of D-Day.
They visited the World War II Memorial.
On the flight was a veteran of the invasion of Normandy and an army tail gunner who was a prisoner of war for 19 months.
“I have enjoyed coming to these the last few years it's great to see these World War II veterans my dad fought in World War II. He was an inspiration to me growing up and I wish he'd lived long enough to see the memorial,” Senator Mitch McConnell said.
The day long trip was free to veterans and was sponsored by Ford Motor Company.
The veterans arrived back in Louisville Thursday evening.