Mid-Missouri veterans grateful for Honor Flight

Honoring a fallen comrade

COLUMBIA — It was 3 a.m. on May 5, and the light of dawn remained hours away. But the dozens of World War II veterans who gathered outside the Holiday Inn Executive Center were wide awake. Surrounded by family, friends and other well-wishers, the veterans were about to take a day trip they were unlikely to forget. They were going to see the World War II National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The money to send these veterans came in from local fundraising efforts. The trip was part of a larger movement started by the Honor Flight Network, a national program that aims to send as many veterans to the memorial as possible.*

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