GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - At 7:05 this morning, the seventh and final Honor Flight took off from the ulfport-Biloxi International Airport. This final flight is caring about 70 World War II veterans on a one day, 12 hour trip to Washington D.C.
While there, these members of the greatest generation will see the World War II memorial, a monument built in their honor. Other stops also include Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial.
These honor flights will have carried almost 600 veterans to see the nation's capital when the final flight arrives back home tonight at 7:40.
None of these flights would have been possible without the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers. Some volunteers worked on the ground and in the terminal, while others actually took the flights to help the veterans around. All say it was one of the greatest things they have ever done.
Doug Walker was at the airport this morning when the final flight took off and will have more on these volunteer efforts tonight on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.
Don't forget, WLOX News anchor Jeff Lawson is with the veterans on this final trip to the World War II memorial. You'll see excerpts from this trip throughout the day on WLOX News, and a expanded report on Wednesday's WLOX News at 10:00.
And on November 19, Jeff will sit down with veterans, organizers and sponsors to salute the men and women from the greatest generation. "Reflections of Honor" is a 30 minute special that will air at 6:30 p.m. on WLOX CBS.