WASHINGTON D.C. - With 1,500 World War II veterans dying each day, we don't have much time left to thank them for their service.
The Honor Flight program is doing that and so much more. The group flies WWII veterans to Washington D.C. to see their WWII Memorial.
Most of us can only imagine the fear and pain that surrounded WWII.
"It's hard to explain, you know," said Al Laks.
It's harder yet to imagine what it was like for Al Laks.
"Being Jewish and going through the war with the Nazis and all that, so," Laks said.
He was just a kid when he joined the Army.
"Well I went in at 18 I was over there," he said.
The 87-year-old hasn't spoken about the war since
"I don't talk about what happened because the things you do wasn't the greatest anyhow. But, I did what I had to do," Laks said.
It's what you'll hear from a lot of WWII veterans. They were just doing what they had to do.
"I was just lucky, lucky to come back," Laks said.
He didn't come back alone.
"I did go to all the DP camps and I found my aunt and uncle and cousin in the DP camp," he said.
Hard enough to fight against an army that blatantly hates who you are, but to know your family has been suffering and that it's up to you to find them?
"I couldn't believe it. As a Jewish soldier in a Jewish DP camp they come out and pick you up and carry you around. It was amazing," he said.
It's hard for Laks to talk about.
"When you come back you just forget about all that," he said.
There's still a lot he won't talk about.
"I still have nightmares once in a while," Laks said.
Taking the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. was tough for him.
"I can't believe this," he said.
It's also something he'll never forget, being welcomed home after such an emotional journey and seeing the pride and gratitude on strangers' faces.
"Unbelievable, unbelievable. Best thing that ever happened to us," he said.