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Honor Flight to arrive Monday night in Columbia

Monday, August 26, 2013 | 2:52 p.m. CDT; updated 11:14 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA – Seventy-two veterans will return from a Central Missouri Honor Flight on Monday night.

People who would like to greet the returning veterans should meet at 9:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd. The veterans are expected to arrive at about 10:45 p.m.

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Honor Flights allow veterans to visit Washington, D.C., memorials dedicated to their service and return home to a warm welcome at no cost. This will be the 24th Central Missouri Honor Flight and includes veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

"It really is life changing to grab their arms and say 'Thank you' and for them to say 'You're welcome,'" said Shelley Becker, community relations coordinator for Central Missouri Honor Flights.

The event is open to the public, and those attending are encouraged to bring flags, banners and posters.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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