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Group working to send Mississippi veterans to DC

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The honor flight program, which sends groups of World War II veterans on day long trips to DC to visit our military monuments, is reaching out to South Mississippi.

The program has been running strong in South Alabama, and now hopes to expand to South Mississippi.

Funding for the program and flights is provided by donors and volunteers. Organizers say it's a small way to give back to a group of veterans who gave so much.

"When you're 85, 90 years old, a trip to Washington is pretty daunting, both physically and financially. So, it's important that we take them and we recognize them and they get a lot out of it," Pete Reihm said. "But you know what? The real reason is for us. It reminds us what's good and great about America."

For more information on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight group, you can email mgchonorflight@gmail.com.  Donations or other correspondence can be mailed to:

Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight
P.O. Box 1912
Gautier, MS 39553

You can learn more about the Honor Flight program from the South Alabama group's website: http://www.honorflightsa.com/.

The newly formed South Mississippi group is working on a website of their own, but does already have a presence on Facebook.

The honor flight program was started in 2005 and has sent thousands of veterans to Washington, DC each year since.

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