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Honor Flight NEI embarks on 29th trip to Washington D.C.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Honor Flight Northeast Indiana took off on its 29th trip to Washington D.C. Wednesday. 

Eighty veterans went along on the flight. They represent World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. 

Thanks to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI), the veterans visited memorials built in their and their fallen brothers and sisters' honor. They also got a complimentary lunch and dinner. 

None of it was possible without donations, and this flight was paid for by one woman in particular. 

Janet Geib, a retired Ivy Tech professor, donated $80,000 dollars to fund the entire flight. She said she did it as a way to thank veterans for the freedoms they have helped ensure through their service and sacrifice. 

"Freedom means so much to me and more so after visiting many countries that are oppressed in some way," Geib explained. "Learn, earn, and return is a motto which I saw years ago, and I try to live by. God bless the USA!"

Geib went along on the trip. She joined three veterans in participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Dennis Covert, HFNEI President, said Geib's donation meant a lot to the organization. 

"We are extremely grateful for the very generous donation from Janet Geib which enables HFNEI to continue its mission to safely transport veterans to Washington, D. C. to view the memorials that were built in their honor," Covert said in a statement.

The 29th flight is scheduled to return to Fort Wayne International Airport Wednesday around 9 p.m. The public is invited to patriotically welcome the veterans back home in the main terminal. The return time is tentative. You can follow the group's progress on the HFNEI Facebook page.

For more information about the organization or to donate to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, visit the organization's website here.

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