Portsmouth, Va.- Nearly 100 Korean War veterans who visited Virginia Beach received a special, warm welcome from local Coast Guardsmen.
The veterans visited Base Portsmouth with their spouses and families as a part of their annual reunion on September 30th.
The Coast Guardsmen lined the base entrance and saluted the veterans as they arrived.
“I think most of us will never forget when we came through the gate today and saw all the Coast Guardsmen lined up saluting us,” said Guy Taylor, Marine and Korean War veteran from Galveston, Texas. “Most of us have never been honored quite like that; that’s what most of us are going to take home with us.”
The Coast Guardsmen gave the their special visitors tours, provided demonstrations and they also got the chance to talk with the veterans. Lunch was also served in their honor.
“It was an honor and privilege to spend time with some of America’s very finest,” said Capt. Christopher Keane, the Hampton Roads commander. We greatly enjoyed our time with them, hearing of their experiences and sharing what we do to protect this great nation.”