Veterans Look Forward To Honor Flight, Visit To D.C.

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SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) -- Seventy-four veterans from all branches of the military will head to Washington D.C. on Wednesday (April 20).

But Tuesday evening, a banquet at the Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Siloam Springs was held to honor each of the veterans and prepare them for the trip. 

The trip is completely free for the veterans, and many of them bring a spouse or child as a guardian for $500.

"I don't know what it's going to be like," Army veteran Dale Howard said. "I've looked forward to it ever since I got out of the service, but afraid of going to it. I have a lot of friends there that their names are on the wall. It's kind of a sorrowful thing but exciting too, and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to go."

The veterans will visit all of the memorials in D.C. and the National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

This flight is honoring 15 World War II, 34 Korean War and 25 Vietnam War veterans. 

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization, and last year took 20,886 veterans on similar trips.