WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- There are 82 living Medal of Honor recipients, and American Airlines flew 16 of them to Washington ahead of National Medal of Honor Day this Sunday. The recipients landed in Washington on Thursday to a crowd like you've never seen at Reagan National.
"It was just so awesome. There were so many people standing there. You could look in their eyes and tell they were truly there because they mean it in their heart," said Retired Sergeant Sammy Davis, who received the Medal of Honor in 1968 after serving in Vietnam.
Their stories are the stuff of Hollywood movies.
"If you have seen the movie Forrest Gump, you know what I did to earn my Medal of Honor because I am the real Forrest Gump," said Davis.
But at the American Airlines sponsored luncheon at the Caucus Room, the recipients weren't talking about how they earned their medals.
"What we talk about is America, what's important, and our grandchildren," said Davis. "I'm not a hero because I'm just a soldier that did my job. But I know that these other recipients, they're my heroes."
The recipients will be in Washington throughout the weekend, culminating with a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown