CHICAGO (CBS) — A group that has been taking World War II veterans on free trips to D.C. for the past eight years has begun taking Korean War veterans as well.
Honor Flight Chicago co-founder Mary Pettinato said they have taken nearly 6,000 World War II veterans to D.C. over the past eight years.
Veterans are treated to a flight to D.C., and chartered luxury buses to visit the National World War II Memorial, and – when time allows – they get to see other sites in Washington; including the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Pettinato said the average age of WWII veterans is 91, and fewer of them are healthy enough to make the free one-day trip with each passing year.
“Last year, we struggled to get enough World War II veterans on every flight,” she said.