CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Before taking off on the Honor Flight Wednesday morning, veterans and their guardians gathered for a morning ceremony.
Bagpipers from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department filled the terminal. The TSA Color Guard was also in attendance to lead veterans to their charter flight.
170 people were on the plane headed to our nation’s capital to visit the different memorial sites in Washington D.C.
Each veteran was accompanied by a guardian.
The group of veterans are from Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana. The majority serving in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Cold War.
Veteran Wayne Knepper served during WWII and the Korean War. He is the oldest veteran on the trip at 98 years-old.
“I’m happy that I am still here I can enjoy all these people,” he said.
Veteran and Guardian Bob Abrams visited the sites before, but wanted to share the memory with his friend Larry Chuma, who served with him in Vietnam.
“Both Larry and I when we were there lost a lot of guys that were with us and it gives us a special day to remember those guys,” Abrams said.
Airport fire and rescue trucks were standing by on the tarmac, shooting off water canyons as the plane was ready to take off.
Those on the Honor Flight will return to CVG at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The public is invited to attend the Welcome Home event to meet and say thank you to our local veterans.