Honor Flight Austin sends 40 U.S. veterans to D.C. memorials Friday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Forty U.S. veterans from the Austin-area will be in the nation’s capital Friday for the first honor flight of fall 2019.

Honor Flight Austin sent off U.S. WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington D.C. for the organization’s 61st flight Friday morning.

The veterans, their guardians and airport staff were a part of a procession led by TSA Honor Guard and Austin Police Department Bag Pipes at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

In Washington, D.C., the veterans will experience memorials built in their honor. The visit is meant to be a moment of reflection for the group.

HFA departed ABIA shortly after noon Friday. The group will return Saturday, Sept. 7.

“Mail call”: Cards and letters given to the veterans on the flight back.

Honor Flight trips are of no cost to the veterans because of donations. Visit www.honorflightaustin.org to support the non-profit organization and learn more.

HFA serves veterans in these Texas counties:

  • Bastrop
  • Bell
  • Blanco
  • Burnet
  • Caldwell
  • Fayette
  • Gillespie
  • Gonzales
  • Hays
  • Lee
  • Llano
  • Milam
  • Travis
  • Williamson

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