Honor Flight San Diego: Military veterans take off for 'Tour of Honor'

Posted at 10:55 AM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 14:48:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Dozens of San Diego military veterans departed for Washington, D.C., Friday morning for a weekend “Tour of Honor.”

The group of veterans from every branch of service took off from Lindbergh Field and will visit the nation’s capital for free, thanks to Honor Flight San Diego.

The group consists of 32 World War II veterans and 48 Korea-era veterans. Three female veterans are also a part of the tour group.

According to Honor Flight San Diego, a number of veterans in the group are Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipients. The youngest veteran is 84 years old and the oldest 101 years old.

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During their stay in Washington, D.C., the group will visit the National World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Lincoln, U.S. Marine Corps War and Iwo Jim War memorials. They will also see the U.S. Air Force Memorial, U.S. Navy Yard Museum and National Electronics Museum.

Additionally, the veterans will visit Arlington National Cemetery, and the female veterans will tour the Women in Military Service for America National Memorial, where they will have a special recognition ceremony.

The trip costs about $250,000, but it is made possible thanks to Honor Flight San Diego and the generosity of donors.

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