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WWII Veterans Go On One Final Mission

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by Nick Beres

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 100 World War II veterans took part in a Music City Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial built in their honor.

This was the final Music City Honor Flight, which has taken more than 800 veterans to visit the World War II Memorial over the years.

"I'm excited to go at this late of a date you know. I'll be 91," said Ernest Long, one of the first African American Marines to serve in the war.

Long is like many of those who made the trip. WWII veterans are in their 80s and 90s and most had never even been to Washington, D.C., much less the memorial.

"I'm looking forward to it," said 92-year-old Shirley Armstrong, one or handful of female veterans who made the trip.

Armstrong is confined to a wheelchair, but did not want to miss the once in a lifetime opportunity.

Music City Honor flight finances the entire trip and flies all of the veterans to Washington free of charge.

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