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Honor Flight Helps Veterans Go To National Memorials

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Every United States veteran has their own story.

"They took us over on the Queen Elizabeth, the big ship Queen Elizabeth. They took us to the Belgian Bulge. I was only 19 years old," said Bernard Linn, World War II veteran.

Veterans Day isn't just about the parades or wearing red, white, and blue. It's a time to remember those past and present who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"My father was a veteran of the Korean War and I have a brother that served in the air force. Days like this are very important but we must do this every day and think about the sacrifices every day," said Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State.

As time goes on, the stories about war are being told through textbooks.

The Department of Veterans Affairs said an estimated 640 World War II veterans die each day. That's where the idea of the Honor Flight came from.

"The Honor Flight is a group that started in 2005 to get our WWII veterans and Korean veterans to their memorials in D.C.," said Aaron Hawkins, U.S. Air Force.

It's something many veterans have always dreamed about doing.

"I'd like to go. I'd just like someone to escort me or go with me," Linn said.

"This year there is 130 hubs throughout the United States in 42 states that have taken over 100 thousand veterans to the memorials," Hawkins said.

Top priority is given to senior veterans and World War II survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill.

"We will do everything we can, wheel chairs, whatever it takes to get these folks to see their WWII memorial. Next in line is the Korean War veterans. There is a lot of Korean War veterans who haven't been to D.C. either," Hawkins said.

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