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'Honor Flight' to take veterans to visit DC war memorials

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World War Two veterans are getting the honor they deserve. "America Supports You Texas" is giving the "Greatest Generation" an opportunity to visit their war memorials in Washington D.C. The inaugural Honor Flight will be is open to World War Two veterans across the South Plains.

The three day trip is all-expenses paid and will take place in October. While in DC, veterans will visit the WW2 and Korean memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and numerous other memorials. They will also have wreath and flag laying ceremonies at the WW2 and Korean Memorials and the Vietnam Wall.

Cleatus Lebow is a World War Two veteran. He served in the US Navy and is a survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Lebow traveled to D.C. on an honor flight last year, he said it was a moving experience.

"It brought back a whole bunch of memories at the monuments… It was great being with the other guys that had been there. That meant a whole lot," Lebow said.

The honor flight program is in 34 states across the country. The program has been in Amarillo for the past six years. October will mark the first flight out of Lubbock.

Retired US Army General Bernie Mittemyer, thinks our country doesn't give enough to the veterans of World War Two. However, he believes this program is the perfect way to honor them.

"It recognizes the service these men and woman gave during this great war… It gives them some kind of feeling that people care, that the government cares," Mittemeyer said.

October's flight will cost around 200,000 dollars. If you would like to donate or apply to go on the trip, please visit www.americasupportsyoutexas.org

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