Published: Nov 11, 2013 6:00 PM EST
Updated: Nov 11, 2013 7:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A rock star welcome for these veterans.

"Beginning with the greeting when we got off. It was quite emotional, I didnt expect it," said Roy Eidem.

Active military members and admiring strangers met them at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. But Bert Stockwood had two familiar faces waiting for him, his daughters.

"They never told me they were coming, so this is a surprise. Oh I couldn't believe it, I really couldn't."

"Just cant thank him enough for everything. An honor," said his daughter Barbara Edson.

Five generations of Roy Eidem's family was waiting for him at the World War II Memorial.

"They're from all over and around the country, and I think my wife let them all know. It was great, I was really surprised," said Eidem.

Eidem's son, also named Roy, said he feels fortunate to be a part of his father's day.

"It's just unbelievable, very exciting."

A day everyone agrees they will never forget.

"It's just been a wonderful occassion to be alive," said Tim Timrud, a veteran.