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World War II veterans get a free ride to D.C. to visit memorial

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More than 40 local veterans boarded a flight to Washington D.C. to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

It's thanks to Honor Flight DFW and American Airlines.

The non-profit organization works with the carrier to give World War II veterans a free ride to the capital to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.

This is the first trip to Washington for Eugene Minor who served 33 missions as a radio man for B-17's in Europe.

"It's just wonderful. I'm very, very grateful for those who want to show their gratitude," said Minor who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

"You kind of reflect back on those days then you look at the people now and you just think it doesn't seem possible. It's a great feeling," said Carl Klapprott who also served with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

A water cannon salute was part of their send-off celebration at the airport.

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