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Owensboro veterans headed to the nation's capitol

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More than 25 veterans are taking the honor flight to Washington DC. More than 25 veterans are taking the honor flight to Washington DC.
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

The war is long over, but Western Kentucky has not forgotten about their veterans as hundreds of people gathered outside the Sportscenter Wednesday afternoon to honor and send off local veterans to the World War II Memorial. 

"It's great to be out here to honor these guys. I don't care how cold it would have been. I would have been here. If there was 10 feet of snow, I would have been here to honor these guys," said Sam Byrd, an Owensboro resident.

More than 25 veterans will be catching an honor flight from Louisville to Washington DC to visit the war memorials.

Dave Linder, a Marine veteran who served in World War II, says he has never been to the nation's capitol and was surprised when he heard he was going. He says he's especially excited to see one memorial in particular.

"I would like to go to the Iwo Jima Memorial. I've heard a lot about it. I want to see it," Linder said.

The group is also joined by vets from Hopkinsville and Bowling Green. Around 50 vets and family members will be on the flight. 

The veterans will be returning to the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport on Friday at 11:00 a.m., where there will be a small air show and a luncheon. 

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