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HonorAir flight set to depart Knoxville on Wednesday morning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - More than 130 East Tennessee World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans will travel to Washington D.C on Wednesday to see the memorials built to honor their sacrifices. 

The one-day, all expense paid trip, which is made possible by HonorAir, includes tours of the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force Memorials. In addition, the group will see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and drive past the Navy Memorial.

When the flight returns to Knoxville, HonorAir will have successfully completed twenty-six flights taking more than 3,300 veterans on this special trip.

HonorAir invites the public to come to McGee Tyson Airport to welcome the veterans home on Wednesday evening. The flight is scheduled to land at 8:15 p.m, but people are encouraged to get to the airport early.

According to Eddie Mannis, Chairman of HonorAir, "When we return home and our veterans see all the flags, patriotic balloons and people lined up to welcome them they are incredibly touched that people care about the sacrifices they made for their country."

In recognition of its 10 year anniversary, HonorAir Knoxville is hosting its first ever virtual flight for veterans. The flight is offered to World War II, Korean War and Vietnam war veterans. Veterans who are not able to take a flight to Washington D.C. for medical or emotional reasons will be able to participate in the virtual flight. Veterans will be able to see memorials and receive snacks, HonorAir gifts and more. The flight will take place June 16 at 9 a.m. at Bridgewater Event Center.

If any WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans would like to attend the virtual flight, fill out an application by clicking here. For more information, call 865-859-9279

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