Honor Flight gives veterans trip to war memorials in Washington

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The largest Honor Flight Group in the Midwest spent Tuesday in Washington D.C.

More than 135 veterans, including 85 World War II vets and five Korean War vets, took part in the one-day trip from Kansas City to visit the World War II Memorial and other D.C.-area sites with the Heartland Honor Flight organization.

Each veteran was teamed up a guardian or family member to assist them on the trip.

After they arrived in D.C., the group's first stop was the World War II Memorial where they took a group photo. Afterwards, the veterans visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial.

Missouri Representative Sam Graves and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts met the veterans and thanked them for their service. 

The veterans also paid their respects at Arlington National Cemetery before visiting the Marine Corps War Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Air Force Memorial.

At the Iwo Jima Memorial, one veteran broke down crying due to the number of friends he lost in that battle. 

Upon their arrival back home, hundreds of people met the veterans at the Kansas City Airport to thank them for their service. 

The oldest World War II veteran to make the trip was 98 years old.

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