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NEW: Veterans’ Honor Flight heads to Washington on Saturday


Fourteen World War II veterans, and another 68 from the Korean War, are scheduled to fly Saturday from West Palm Beach to Washington in the third of four 2018 Honor Flights.

Stuart-based Southeast Florida Honor Flight, one of more than 130 such groups nationwide, flies veterans from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties to Washington free of charge. Eighty-two veterans flew on May 19.

The veterans scheduled for Saturday are to leave Palm Beach International Airport at 6 a.m. on a charter flight. In Washington, they will board four police-escorted motor coaches and will visit the Air Force Memorial, then head to Arlington National Cemetery and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, before visiting the World War II and Korean War memorials.

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Branches represented on this flight: Army (46 service members), Navy (10), Air Force (15), Marine Corps (8) and Coast Guard (3). Positions included tail gunner, cook, radio operator, tank driver and mail clerk. 

Veterans on the trip served stateside or in combat in places that included central Europe, the Philippines, and Chosin Reservoir and Heartbreak Ridge in Korea.

The public is asked to come to PBIA on Saturday night to welcome the veterans home. The plane is scheduled to land at about 7:20 p.m. People should gather early at Concourse A-B on Level 2. Signs and flags are welcome.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight is asking the public’s help to find veterans who qualify and haven't yet taken an honor flight. Flights are open to veterans of Vietnam, Korea and World War II, with priority given to those from World War II and veterans with terminal illnesses. Honor Flight also seeks volunteers to escort the veterans.

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The year’s last flight is set for Oct. 13. 

To learn more about the honor flights, or to volunteer as an escort or make a donation, call 855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or visit www.honorflightsefl.org.


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