They answered the call when the nation needed them, and hundreds heard the call to help honor them.

Another large crowd turned out at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Saturday afternoon to welcome home 22 veterans. They were the latest Last Frontier Honor Flight members who spent several days in Washington, D.C. where they visited war memorials and other sites.

"I think it's really great; never expected this," said Vietnam War veteran Bob Kessler. "They invited me to go, we went, had a great time, saw a lot of really interesting things and it was just something to do. It was outstanding."

The veterans are especially grateful for the crowd that welcomed them back to Alaska.

"I think it's great. I think anything they do for the Vietnam boys is great, we didn't have that when we'd come home," Kenneth Newcity said.

The Last Frontier Honor Flight runs on donations, including airfare provided by Alaska Airlines and veterans don't pay any of the travel costs. There are two trips a year and organizers hope to bring veterans to the nation’s capital before they pass on.

Photos by Joe Vigil.

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