NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nearly 100 World War II veterans visited Washington, D.C. on a very special flight.
The veterans left Nashville International Airport Wednesday morning on the Music City Honor Flight, which gives veterans the incredible all expenses paid excursion.
The veterans and their guardians will visit the capital to see the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Pete Standfield hasn't been to DC since 1944 when he shipped off to war. He said he'll never forget why he made that sacrifice.
"For my country, I got to get on that wheelchair," he said.
"They served their country and most of their lives since they served their country they got very little if any recognition for it, so this is a way for us to honor them and their service. I'm just thrilled to be a part of it," said volunteer Richard Young.
Each flight costs approximately $60,000 and the majority of the money comes from the financial support of the community.
The group is scheduled to return at 8 p.m. with a big welcoming reception waiting for them.
The trip was coordinated by Music City Honor Flight, a Nashville nonprofit established to honor Tennessee's World War II veterans.