World War II veterans from across the country got a special trip to the nation's capital to visit the memorial to their fallen comrades.
It's a special program called The Honor Flight Network that helps cover the expenses through fund-raising.
Sure-footed with camera in hand, Robert Cooper takes in the World War II Memorial built for Americans who fought in that conflict.
Cooper, just shy of 89-years-old, is a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.
"There's very few guys from the Battle of the Bulge left now," said Cooper.
"We were supposed to be there for three days and we were there for 90 days. We left a lot of good buddies over there."
For his buddies who survived, Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington to visit the four-year-old WWII Memorial and other monuments on the Mall.
Bus loads of men who, in many cases, could not afford to make the trip.
Cooper brings memories of the war all the way from Indiana.
Having been through his own battles, he reflects on what the country is going through now in the War in Iraq.
"I think the guys who are over there now doing that are doing a fantastic job," he said.
"The President is my Commander in Chief, I back him 100-percent. You stay until you get the job is done."
Whatever people may think about the controversial war, Cooper has this message on Memorial Day.
"Honor the soldiers, honor the guys who are in the service now and honor the ones that have passed on, and honor the ones who never came back. I'm patriotic, I believe in my country."