CLEVELAND - Twenty-five local World War II veterans boarded a Cleveland Hopkins flight to our nation's capitol early Wednesday morning.
The non-profit group, Honor Flight Cleveland, organized the free trip to Washington, D.C. Veterans will be able to see their memorial, other war memorials as well as Arlington Cemetery.
Veteran Paul Fine said it's an emotional trip.
"It brings you back down to what is really important. It helps you relive what you've gone through throughout the years. You forget after 65 years, it becomes a little hazy at times, but this trip will mean a lot to me as far as memories go," said Fine.
Their flight left Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 6 a.m. and will return just before 10 p.m. the same day.
Veteran Elizabeth Lazear is grateful for the opportunity.
"It's a beautiful idea and thank you for everything we have received," she said.
Honor Flight Cleveland told NewsChannel5 the cost of taking 25 veterans to D.C. runs about $8,000. For this trip, Ford Motor Company is picking up the bill, paying for the flight, meals and other trip costs.
This honor flight program out of Cleveland said it has six more trips planned for this year.
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