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Honor Flights Tri-State and Bluegrass take veterans to D.C. to see their memorials

Kentucky veterans from 21 cities were part of an Honor Flight Bluegrass on Wednesday to visit the memorials built in their honor.

Sen. Paul greets an Honor Flight veteran.

“It was a privilege to meet some of our nation’s heroes as they visited their memorials,” said U.S. Sen. Dr. Rand Paul, who greeted them at the World War II Memorial. “While we can never fully repay them for the sacrifices that they, their families, and fellow servicemembers made. Special days like these give us a chance to show them that we will never forget.”

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell also visited the heroes from Kentucky.

More than 60 Kentucky veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam traveled from cities across the Commonwealth including Arlington, Benton, Brandenburg, Cadiz, Campbellsville, Carrollton, Cox’s Creek, Edmonton, Fancy Farm, Fredonia, Fulton, Leitchfield, Louisville, Morehead, Mount Vernon, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah, Somerset, Taylorsville, and Water Valley.

The Honor Flight provided a free trip to the nation’s capital for 82 veterans from Kentucky, Indiana, and Virginia.

In addition to visiting the World War II Memorial, the veterans also toured the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

An Honor Flight from CVG — the second this year — took off on Tuesday with veterans and their guardians.

The heroes travel to D.C. at no cost. All were from the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana area. They got a sendoff with bagpipes from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, a TSA color guard ceremony and special remarks in the Welcome Point area of the Terminal.

They flew by American Airlines and were funding by Honor Flight Tri-State. To contribute to volunteer for future flights, see honorflighttristate.org.

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