70 veterans to fly to Washington, D.C., to see memorials

Sunday, August 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A group of 70 mid-Missouri veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to see memorials dedicated to their military service.

The event will mark the 29th trip by Central Missouri Honor Flight, which invites the public to welcome the veterans back home at the Courtyard Marriott on Wednesday night.

The veterans will leave Columbia at 2 a.m. Wednesday and return at 10:30 p.m. the same day. The public is encouraged to arrive at the hotel, 3301 Lemone Industrial Drive, around 9 p.m.

Central Missouri Honor Flight is a local nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. This will be its third honor flight of 2014. The group began in 2009 and has flown more than 1,700 mid-Missouri veterans to the nation's capital.

Central Missouri Honor Flight aims to offer the free flights to as many World War II veterans as possible, then allow veterans of the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War to go as space allows.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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