Lea Gabrielle joined 150 veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War on an honor flight to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials.
Gabrielle, a Navy veteran, explained that nonprofit organization Stars and Stripes Honor Flight flies veterans from Milwaukee to the nation's capital to honor them for their service.
When they arrived in D.C., they received a hero's welcome, with dozens of well-wishers cheering for them and holding signs expressing thanks and gratitude.
"When we got back from Vietnam, there was no welcome. It was like nobody cared about us, to be honest," one vet said. "It's the welcome home we never got."
Gabrielle said time spent at the World War II memorial brought awe, while the Vietnam memorial brought tears.
Brothers Roger, Conn and Grant Hagen, who all served in Vietnam, grew emotional as they looked at the 58,318 names of the fallen carved into the memorial wall.
When the vets got back on the plane to go home, they received a special surprise: letters of thanks from their loved ones.
Back in Milwaukee, they were greeted by family, friends and dozens of grateful Americans.
"For many, returning to their loved ones is that welcome home they've been waiting so long for," Gabrielle said.
"It was such an honor to be with them," Gabrielle said on "Fox & Friends." "This was just such an amazing opportunity to be with these people."
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