Honor Flight San Diego helping World War II veterans go on memorable trip

SAN DIEGO - Honor Flight San Diego is getting ready to take to the skies once again as a way to honor veterans who served in World War II and for the first time, veterans that happen to be couples are taking the trip.

"We hadn't heard of Honor Flight until a neighbor of ours told us that he went," said Annie Muller, who along with her husband, Chuck, will be taking part.

Annie Muller joined the Navy in 1944, while her husband was in the Army and served in Europe. The pair have been married for more than 60 years.

"We've been back to Washington, but we've never seen the WWII memorial," Chuck Muller said.

The monument to WWII veterans in the nation's capital was completed in 2005. Honor Flight San Diego began charter flights to take veterans back there starting in 2011.

"It costs roughly $2,000 per veteran for transportation, hotels, meals, and so on," said Dave Smith, a co-founder of the nonprofit organization. "If it wasn't for donations and volunteers, what we do would be impossible."

His biggest enemy is time, as WWII vets are dying at a rate of a 1,000 per day nationwide.

Some 90 veterans will be taking part in the charter flight with US Airways that leaves Friday morning.

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