Honor Flight lands in Washington, DC

WWII Memorial Washington, D.C.
WWII Memorial Washington, D.C.

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina veterans took an Honor Flight to Washington, DC Wednesday to visit the nation's war memorials.

The flight is paid for by the nonprofit Honor Flight, which sponsored the vets' entire trip. Honor Flight has chartered seven other flights since 2009 from Charleston and Columbia to the nation's capitol, transporting 90-95 veterans and 40-50 guardians at a time.

The flight landed in Washington around 10 a.m. after South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford sent the group off from Columbia.

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America's veterans for their sacrifices. The network transports veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at various war memorials.

According to the group's website, honorflight.org, top priority is given to senior veterans, World War II survivors and other veterans who may be terminally ill.

The first Honor Flights flew out of Ohio in May 2005, transporting a dozen WWII vets. Three months later, the group's growing waiting list led them to begin chartering commercial airliners and eventually partnering with Hendersonville, NC-based HonorAir to form the Honor Flight Network.

News Ten's Stephen Hooker is on the flight and will bring you the veterans' emotional stories later this week.

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