85 veterans traveled to D.C. with Honor Flight NEI

Veterans and guardians gather for breakfast before leaving for Washington, D.C. (File Photo)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana took its 24th trip to Washington D.C. Wednesday with 85 veterans.

Three of the vets are dual war veterans and one is a triple war veteran. 11 served in World War II, 71 served in Korea, and three in Vietnam.

Veterans spent the day visiting several memorials and Arlington Cemetery.

“It is just fabulous. I can’t believe all of the things I’ve seen so far,” WWII veteran Paul Ellcessor said after the first stop.

“Oh man I’ll tell you what, it’s one of the greatest things they’ve come out with. I wouldn’t have been able to do it otherwise,” Korean War veteran Edley Coon said.

“It’s just awesome. I had no idea the work that’s involved. I can’t say enough about all the volunteers and everybody that puts this together,” Korean War veteran Marilyn Renbarger said.

The waiting list for veterans to participate in an Honor Flight trip is over 600.

The plane tookoff around 8:30 Wednesday morning from the 122nd Air National Guard Base following breakfast. The veterans and their guardians returned to Fort Wayne Airport around 9 p.m. and members of the public filled the airport to greet them as they came home.

To see photos from the trip visit HFNEI’s Facebook Page.

95% of all donations go directly towards the veterans’ trips. Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Since its first flight in 2009, Honor Flight Northeast Indiana has taken 1,624 veterans to Washington, D.C.