Middle Tennessee veterans heading to Washington, DC for honor flight

Posted at 6:27 AM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 07:36:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Some very important people are heading to Washington D.C. on an all-expense paid trip.

The Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee trip is leaving Nashville Wednesday morning for a no cost, one-day trip. World War II, Korean War and some disabled Vietnam veterans will be making the trip.

Once in D.C., veterans will visit the World War II Memorial, as well as the Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials. They will also see the U.S. Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial and the Air Force Memorial before watching the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

"I've been up there years ago to see my son's name on the Vietnam Wall. He was killed in action during the Vietnam conflict," said Bud Dawes, of Hendersonville.

Members of Tennessee's Congressional delegation typically greet the group at the memorials.

The veterans and their guardians will return to Nashville ‪around 10:15 p.m.

This marks the 21st year of the Honor Flight program and so far, they’ve flown some 600 veterans to our nation’s capital.