Honor Flight NEI set for 13th flight Wednesday

Honor Flight #9 (File Photo)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana will take 70 veterans to Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

It is the 13th trip for the organization and brings the number of veterans to over 840 who have made the journey to see the memorial erected in their honor.

Wednesday’s flight includes 32 veterans over the age of 90. The oldest is a 97-year-old WWII and Korean War pilot. Two women veterans will also make the trip.

Komets broadcaster Bob Chase will also take the trip. Chase, 88, served in the Navy during WW II.

Chase hasn’t been to Washington D.C. since the 1940’s, and told News Channel 15 he was looking forward to seeing the changes since he was last there. Watch the video in this article to hear what Chase had to say.

The flight is scheduled to depart around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday from the 122nd Air National Guard Base.

The veterans and their guardians are expected to return home at Fort Wayne International Airport around 9 p.m. The public is invited to welcome them home with a small ceremony in the airport terminal. The South Side High School band, Fort Wayne American Legion band, and the Patriot Guard Flag Corp will be in attendance.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is a non-profit, 510(c)3 and 95 percent of donations go directly to flights. If you are interested in making a financial donation or participating in a flight, click here.

You can follow the group on Facebook and see pictures and status updates of each individual flight.

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