CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Some Heartland veterans returned home Sunday after spending the weekend in Washington, D.C. visiting their memorials.
"One of my best friends was there," World War II veteran Ronald Evans said. "I told you earlier, don't get too close to anybody but we were close before we ever were in the service."
Ronald Evans said he spent a lot of time wondering what happened to one of his buddies after he returned home from the war.
"I had trouble finding him until I discovered that we didn't know him by his first name," Evans said. "He would have been a medical doctor. He was lost over the north seas and never found."
Never found, but as Evans found out this weekend, his friend is honored forever on this wall. A wall veterans say lists the true heroes from World War II.
"Everyone has to be a hero and put above the rest of us that came on home," said World War II veteran Emil Brase.
Brase was one the guys that did his best to make sure our troops came home. He was a radar operator that was always on the lookout for mines.
"They would be popping up all the time," Brase said. "We would cut through 250 mines a day."
Bill Colman served in the navy during the Korean War. He said he always respected the World War II veterans, and this trip even furthered that appreciation.
"Well, it was an honor that I was included with these two gentlemen and others like them," Colman said. "Because of them, we have the freedoms we have today."