40 WWII veterans and 41 Austin-area students to visit National WWII Museum in New Orleans

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A group of 41 students from the Austin-area will accompany 40 WWII veterans on a trip from ABIA to New Orleans Wednesday morning.

Their destination is the National WWII Museum.

Students arriving at ABIA. (KXAN Photo)

The 17th “Soaring Valor” flight is made possible by a partnership between the Gary Sinise Foundation and American Airlines. Representatives from each group will hold a special sendoff ceremony for the students and vets before they take off from ABIA.

One of the students Trey Washington said he looks forward to spending time with the vets.

Trey Washington before he checked in for the Soaring Valor flight.

“I was just overwhelmed. I was very excited for the opportunity,” Washington said. “I think it’s gonna be a big impact on my life to not only be able to go to the museum but be there with someone that had first hand experience, be able to connect with them and have the time to get to know them.”

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The foundation sponsors a historian to collect stories from the veterans at the museum. They do this in light of the statistic that “348 WWII veterans pass away each day,” per their website. “Fewer than 500,000 are still with us.”

For more information on the National WWII Museum, visit their website here.

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