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Gold Star families to join Purple Heart veterans on honor flight

Posted at 10:30 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 11:12:30-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Dozens of men and women who sacrificed so much for our country's freedom will be flying to Washington, D.C. for the Purple Heart Honor Flight on Friday.

For several years, organizers have been flying veterans to see their memorials, but this year they'll have more company.

You'll often see patio lights on homes lit up in green on holidays like Veterans Day or Memorial Day.

For Rhonda Robinson, the lights are always on.

"We appreciate everything they did for us. every day. not just on those special days," Robinson, wife of a fallen marine said.

On August 7th, 2011, Marine Sergeant Joshua J. Robinson was shot and killed during a combat operation in Afghanistan.

"You're never prepared but you are, espeically if you have faith and your family behind you and friends who don't leave you because you're a single parent," she said.

Rhonda's oldest son, Cody, who's 13, was only 5 at the time.

"Mom was crying a lot and all of my aunts were there on my mom's side and I kind of knew something was wrong," he said.

Rhonda and her two boys are flying with other Gold Star families and Purple Heart veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments that honor those who have served in the military.

"It means a lot because we like remembering our dad and stuff," Cody said.

The Gold Star families and veterans will fly to the nation's capital Friday morning.

Courtney Johns previewed the honor flight in the morning show, and you can watch the interview above.