10News taking Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with veterans

Posted at 11:30 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 02:30:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego veterans from WWII and the Korean War are getting ready for a special trip. 

This weekend they'll board an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

10News is getting exclusive access to the trip and was at Honor Flight San Diego's last planning meeting before the special weekend gets off the ground. 

David Smith, Founder of Honor Flight San Diego, says it's incredibly important to thank our veterans while there's still time. The oldest veteran on this weekend's flight will be 99-years-old. 

"I've actually had veterans come up to me and say, 'ya know, in all these years no one has ever said thank you to me - this means so much'," said Smith.

The group relies on fundraising to make the honor flight a reality - it costs $240,000 for the entire weekend.

Our coverage of the Honor Flight continues Friday morning when Reporter Amanda Brandeis boards the plane with the veterans and will continue through Sunday when they all return to San Diego. 

Honor Flight San Diego welcomes the community to join the Sunday's homecoming at the San Diego International Airport. The event typically draws in 1,000 people! To take part in the celebration, arrive at Terminal 2 by 2 p.m. on Sunday.