Hero's welcome: Medal of Honor recipients arrive in DC for National Medal of Honor day

Thousands of people come and go from Washington's Reagan National Airport every day, but one flight that touched down Tuesday was extra special. One of the largest groups of Medal of Honor recipients arrived in D.C.  for the annual Medal of Honor Foundation Luncheon.

There were rock star cheers in the terminal, but no rock stars in sight. Instead, there were real heroes—the recipients of the nation's highest honor.  

The group of nearly 30 United States Medal of Honor recipients is the largest group you're likely to see. They're the nation's capital for National Medal of Honor Day on Wednesday.  

The group's history reaches from 91-year-old Iwo Jima veteran Woody Williams, who received his Medal of Honor in 1945 from President Harry Truman, to 31-year-old Afghanistan veteran Sal Giuanta, who received his Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in 2010.

Since it was created during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor has been presented only 3,493 times. Only about 80 recipients are still living.

On Monday, the recipients and their guests attended an annual Circle of Honor dinner at the New York Stock Exchange. Then Tuesday morning, they boarded a charter flight from JFK Airport, amid a hero's send-off from American Airlines employees, the Patriot Guard, New York Port Authority and a pipe and drum corps.

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