Oklahoma Honor Flights Takes World War II Vets to Visit Washington D.C.

Tuesday, October 12th 2010, 10:09 am
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some Oklahoma World War II veterans are taking a special flight to Washington D.C. Tuesday.

The men are headed to Washington D.C. where they will finally see the memorial set up to honor their service.

Members of a group called Oklahoma Honor Flights organized the event. The group raised enough money to send more than 100 vets. The veterans won't pay a dime for the trip.

For many of the vets this is their first time seeing the memorial. Also for some of them time to see the tribute is running out. The Honor Flight Network estimates we are losing more than 1,000 World War II veterans every day.

"The big thing, I'm thrilled and thankful for the people who made this happen because it's overdue," said World War II vet Max McClure. "They had a big deal for the Vietnam vets and here's another thing, I feel like it's a great thing."

The trip will be the second Oklahoma Honor Flight; the inaugural flight was back in May.

It costs roughly $400 for one veteran to make the trip and Honor Flights are entirely funded by donations.