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GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – Nearly 200 veterans from across the coast were escorted from Gulfport to the World War II Museum in New Orleans and back Wednesday.

Veterans and their guests began arriving around 6 a.m. for the ninth annual Riemann Family Funeral Homes trip to the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

“We have a large veteran population here on the coast and, you know, we’ll never be able to repay them for what they’ve sacrificed for our country,” Chad Riemann said. “And so, this is just a small way of trying to give back a little bit.”

The trip includes round trip travel, museum admission and lunch on the way back, all free to say “thank you”.

“It’s just amazing that they take time out of their busy schedules to come back and do this for the veterans because a lot of times veterans come back, like we came back from the Vietnam War, we were nobody but us” We’re finally getting recognition and appreciation” , veteran James Lewis said.

The day began with a farewell ceremony.

“For us to be able to make this trip today means more than words. So from us to you, thank you very much for your service to our country,” Riemann said during the ceremony.

“It was an experience, you know,” Walter Monahan said.

In the front row were Monahan and Edgar Pullis, two World War II veterans ready to take a trip down memory lane.

“I haven’t had a chance to go over the Japanese side. So, I’m looking forward to that,” Pullis added.

About 180 people filled five buses that took off for New Orleans.

“This is my second time. I enjoyed it and I keep coming back,” said Air Force veteran Bobby McCarol.

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