AUSTIN, Texas -- The first Honor Flight of 2014 brought 60 WWII veterans from Central Texas to Washington, D.C. Friday.
Their departure was marked by bagpipes, cell phone video memories and a heartfelt appreciation, with hands on their hearts.
The crowd at Austin Bergstrom International Airport cheered on the 60 WWII veterans who are on their way to Washington D.C. thanks to Honor Flight.
“What a wonderful gang,” said Ivan Toler, a WWII veteran making the trip.
The highlight of the trip – as it’s been for veterans previously treated to the Honor Flight Trip -- is getting the chance to the see the National WWII Memorial.
“I’ve been to Washington before and seen the memorial, but I haven’t seen the one for World War II, so that would be the most exciting,” said Ruth Lumbra, a WWII veteran making the trip.
“It’s the most terrific thing I’ve seen since WWII,” said Toler.
This is the thirteenth Austin Honor Flight.