About two dozen World War II veterans arrived at ABIA Airport on Tuesday in preparation for their flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.
Upon their arrival, they were greeted by other veterans and family members who proudly waved American flags as a symbol of their appreciation for their service. Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell also addressed members of the greatest generation, and thanked them for their service.
It is estimated that nearly one thousand World War II veterans live in the Central Texas region, and Honor Flight is dedicated to making sure that all of the veterans that are able to make the trip get a seat on one of the flights.
For 89-year-old Sam Burks, this is a trip he has waited a long time to make.
"The World War II Memorial is a very special thing and I haven't seen it. All of the memorials are very important to our well-being," said Burks.
The trip is paid for through donations and Honor Flight Austin. About 83,000 other veterans have made the journey to the memorial through the help of the Honor Flight organization.
FOX 7's Rudy Koski is on the flight headed to Washington D.C. and will report live from the memorial later in the day.