WASHINGTON – As Robert Johnston, 90, stood at the World War II Memorial 67 years after serving in the Marines, he thought of his best friend who was killed at the Battle of Saipan. Johnston, a second lieutenant who earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts at Saipan and Iwo Jima, said being able to visit the memorial for the first time gave him a chance to reflect.
“It’s so good to be here and to think back about the people that didn’t make it, unfortunately,” said the Stoneham resident.
On Sunday, nonprofit Honor Flight New England brought 61 local World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials that honor them for their sacrifices. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.