Honor Flight returns from DC

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Another group of local veterans made the trip to Washington D.C. as part of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana on Wednesday.

It was the organization’s 33rd flight out of Fort Wayne. The group arrived at the Fort Wayne International Airport around 9:20 p.m. to cheers and waving flags from family members, friends, and community members.

The trip always provides memorable experiences for the veterans, as they get to see the memorials built in their honor alongside fellow service members.

The experience can be especially moving when those veterans travel with a loved one, or multiple loved ones.

That’s was the case for Honor Flight NEI No. 33. In a rare turn of fate, there were at least three groups of veterans who made the trip alongside brothers, sons, daughters, and other family members who also served or currently serve in the military – the Bartons, the Bandors, and the Odiers.

WANE 15’s Alyssa Ivanson went along on the trip to Washington D.C. She’ll share the experience and story of one of those families during a special “Veterans’ Voices” program on Veterans Day.

The entire group of veterans on Flight No. 33 consisted of 87 total veterans. It was made up of 13 WWII veterans, 60 Korea veterans, eight veterans who served during the Cold War, and six Vietnam War veterans.

Since the Northeast Indiana branch of Honor Flight began, the organization has taken 2,371 veterans to Washington D.C. for an unforgettable experience.

You can follow more timely updates on the group’s location through the HFNEI Facebook page.

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