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Honor Flight Raising Money To Take Veterans To National Memorials

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

It aims to get World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans to their memorials in Washington D.C.

Organizers in Marion County are hoping to get at least 100 veterans from the area to Washington on May 10, 2014.

There have been two flights out of Huntington and only one veteran from North Central West Virginia was able to attend.

Organizers have talked to officials at the North Central West Virginia airport and said they were extremely enthusiastic about the project.

The day trip is free for the veterans. They have free transportation and a full escort through D.C.

Organizers said one of the most special things for the veterans is "having people at the airport when they take off and land".

It costs the Honor Flight organization $500 dollars for each veteran that attends and organizers said every penny is worth it.

"One of the veterans that I had in my assignment passed away this Monday which we were sad to see," said Butch Phillips, Organizer. "But that's what is happening to these 90 year old folks. They aren't going to last much longer and we need to get this done."

Marion County Commission has donated $5,000 for the flight.

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