A group of western Kentucky veterans are spending time in Washington D.C.
23 veterans left Tuesday afternoon from Owensboro and flew out of Louisville Wednesday morning for the nation’s capital.
The group includes four WWII veterans.
The vets say they’re looking forward to a day that will be filled with memories.
On Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell welcomed Kentucky vets to the memorial:
“Today it is my privilege to welcome a distinguished group of Kentuckians to our nation’s capital. Because of the incredible work of the Honor Flight program, over 80 World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans from across my home state will travel to Washington, D.C. Here they will see the memorials built to honor their service.
“The Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter has brought hundreds of veterans, most of them Kentuckians, to Washington for this purpose. Despite the significant logistical and financial planning that goes into these trips, Honor Flight works to make sure that veterans have the opportunity to travel at no cost to themselves.
“The program organizes travel and food for these veterans, many of whom would never be able to visit our nation’s Capital or see the memorials at all without Honor Flight.
“The national monuments built on the Mall pay tribute to those who sacrificed for the cause of freedom. I would like to add my voice to those who welcome these veterans and thank them for their service to our country.”
The group is scheduled to return to Owensboro Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The public is welcome to greet them outside at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church.
Eyewitness News’ Mike Pickett has been following the veterans and will have more information Thursday for their return home.
Watch the video of Senator McConnell welcoming the vets by clicking here.