Flight honors WWII and Korean War veterans

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Come out to Palm Beach International Airport Sept. 10 welcome home the 52 World War II veterans and 29 Korean War veterans returning from a day trip to Washington, D.C. to reflect and honor fallen comrades.

The veterans and an equal number of guardians on the honor flight are expected back at 8:20 p.m.

The Operation Welcome Home event congregates at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. Early arrival is recommended. For more information on Operation Welcome Home, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

The vets are leaving on an American Airlines Airbus A320 at 4:30 a.m. With a police escort throughout the day, four motor coaches will transport the group to visit the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

This Honor Flight is the third of four regularly scheduled trips to Washington per year for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart. Upon touchdown, the public comes out with signs and flags to cheer and thank the veterans.

During WWII, 16 million Americans served their nation. Today, that number stands under a million. There are more WWII veterans living in Florida than any other state, according to Veterans Administration data.

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