The sights and sounds of 'Honor Flight Northland'

By KBJR News 1

June 7, 2014 Updated Jun 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- 85 Minnesota and Wisconsin veterans who served in World War Two, Vietnam, and the Korean War have spent their day in Washington D.C.... some for the first time since their service.

The Veterans are joined by volunteers with Honor Flight Northland, which raises money to transport local veterans to Washington D.C., so they can reflect on the memorials of their comrades who sacrificed their lives in combat.

We spoke with some of the veterans Saturday morning before they left the Duluth Airport.

"We'll, we're going to go to Washington!" said a member in the group.

"Is this your first time?" asked reporter Nick Minock.

"It is, it is! I've got a really nice lady gonna show me the way, I'm really happy about that."

"Honor Flight really is to show our gratitude to the greatest generation-people that were willing to sacrifice their lives for our freedom," said an Honor Flight official.

"Thank you for your service!" said another.

"He's served three times in the U.S. horse cavalry, the National Guard, and the Marines," said the official.

"World War II veteran?" asked Minock.

"Oh hell yes," said a veteran.

"I'm glad we got a chance to get him there at his age," said another official.

"I was in the army, but I didn't, I didn't win any battles, or anything," said another humble veteran.

"But you served, right?" asked Minock.

"Oh yes, yes."

"He's very excited, this is my fourth Honor Flight."

For each honor flight trip, it costs $90,000 to send Northland Veterans to D.C. for one day.

If you would like to contribute or volunteer for Honor Flight Northland head to: http://www.honorflightnorthland.org/