Honor Flights vets visit National World War II Memorial
The all-day trip, which is totally free for veterans, included visits to war memorials in the nation's capital, meals, and a chance for aging veterans to feel the appreciation of generations who are alive today because of them.
Honor Flight New England started in 2009, and Sunday's flight marked the 31st of the organization, Byron said. More than 900 New England veterans have been flown to Washington to see war memorials.
Priority is given to World War II veterans and veterans from later wars who are suffering a terminal disease.
"It was a perfect group. It was well organized. It was beyond expectation," Provencher said. He had never been to the National World War II Memorial, which he said was one of the highlights of the trip.
Sunday's flight was the first of the season. The veterans were notified in January, and so they had to endure the winter before taking the trip, Byron said.
The next Manchester flight is June 15, Father's Day. For more information, visit www.honorflightnewengland.org.
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