Vets Given ‘Honor Flight’ to World War II Memorial

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Nearly 50 World War II veterans from the Cleveland area were taken on an 'honor flight' to our nation's capital Wednesday.

It`s a free day-long trip so veterans can see the World War II memorial.

Veterans and their friends and family sang the National Anthem before
boarding their flight to Washington D.C. to see the memorial.

“I wanna see all of them, I haven`t been there. I wanna see all of them if I can,” said veteran Harold Smith.

“Great trip. I`m enjoying every minute of it so far,” said veteran James Rogers.

The average age of the World War II veterans that went on the day trip was 92 years old.

Most of the veterans needed assistance on their journey, and 'Honor Flight Cleveland' safety director Alan Revercomb made sure they were well taken care of.

Revercomb said the flight is a great way to honor our veterans.

“I joined and I`ve been on every flight ever since,” said Revercomb.

Honor Flight Cleveland has been taking World War II veterans to Washington D.C. for the past eight years, and this year is significant because it marks the 70th anniversary of 'D' Day.

“I wouldn`t miss this for the world,” said Pedro Vallejo, a World War II veteran.

Pedro Vallejo is not only a veteran, but he was also a prisoner of war for more than 2 years. He said going on the honor flight makes him reminisce.

“I go back in time and see all my friends getting old but I look at them as young people strong, healthy, gung ho,” said Vallejo.

The entire day long field trip is free for the veterans courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

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