GILBERT, SC (WIS) - This coming Saturday, the first Honor Flight of three will take 90 South Carolina World War II veterans to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, Gilbert Middle School pitched in some money to make sure more veterans get to make the emotion filled trip.
Principal Benji Ricard said, "I'm so proud of the work they have done, going out into the community, into their homes, talking about what our project has been, and that was to raise money to send these vets to the war memorial."
The school originally set out to raise $2,500, enough to send five veterans and one guardian, but $8,000 later, the group of students and the community that surrounds them shattered all expectations.
"We were able to reach that goal very quickly," said Principal Ricard.
The Honor Flight chairs, Bill Dukes and Mark Price, were so moved, they had to fight back tears at what the students had accomplished.
"They are the ones that fought and gave their lives and sacrificed their lives to protect our country and our freedom," said Jessica Carter.
If you would like to donate money to continue the project, the school says you are more than welcome to drop the money off there.
WIS will be the only Columbia television crew accompanying the veterans on the Honor Flight. Ben Hoover and Taylor Kearns will file stories all next week on WIS News 10.
Reported by Stewart Moore