Veterans Explore D.C. During Third Northland Honor Flight

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Veterans Explore D.C. During Third Northland Honor Flight

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May 15, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - 85 World War II Veterans are in Washington, D.C. being honored for their war time service. It's part of the third Northland Honor Flight transporting heroes to the nation's capital to visit and reflect on their memorials.

The Veterans along with flight organizers and caretakers arrived at Duluth International Airport Tuesday at 5 a.m. Their plane was scheduled to leave at 6 a.m.

The day-long inspirational and emotional journey includes visits to war land marks, such as the World War II, the Iwo Jima and the Vietnam Veteran war memorials.

95-year old Navy Veteran, Kenneth Nelson says it's been his dream to see the memorial and says he is dedicating the trip to his five brothers who served in the Army and will never be able to make it there.

"I'm glad to kind of get it over with," he said. "The older I get the lesser I can hear or see and what not. But I'm going to try and observe all I can."

Flight organizers say the weather is warm in Washington, D.C. and rain is holding off.

The visitors experienced the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Tuesday's flight was the latest in a series of Northland Honor Flights that first started May 2011. A second flight made its way to D.C. in October.

Veterans fly free thanks to generous donations.

Check back throughout the day for updates and pictures from Washington, D.C.

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