BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Local heroes received a welcome home party Wednesday night after returning from the nation’s capital.

The group of war veterans aboard the 43rd Honor Flight Kern County touched down at Meadows Field and then went to North High School where they got a hero’s welcome.

“It was almost a spiritual experience,” Navy veteran Karen King said.

“I didn’t expect to get so weepy, but the opportunity to go to those wonderful memorials I’ve never been to any of them before, but most of all just being with these other vets from Vietnam, these wonderful men that have never had the appreciation they deserve.”

One hundred Vietnam veterans were on this Honor Flight. It is the last Honor Flight of the year.