KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Three local military veterans are touring the memorials in D.C. Today, thanks to the help of a special organization.
HonorAir Knoxville flies east Tennessee veterans, of World War II and the Korean War, to our nation's capital so they can view the war memorials and enjoy each other's company.
A group of 184 veterans left from Knoxville this morning.
One of the participants from our area is Carl Ray of Kingsport. He said it's exciting to take this trip with fellow veterans.
"We talk about old times or where we served and what ship we were on or what we did while we were in the military," said Ray. "I was an aircraft mechanic in Korea."
Two Elizabethon, Tenn., veterans are also with today's group: Harold Lingerfelt (middle) and Harley Garden (Right).
They're all flying back to Knoxville this evening where there will be a reception in their honor.
The trip costs approximately $500 per veteran so HonorAir is asking for the financial support of the community to make these flights a reality.
HonorAir says no donation dollars are applied to administrative expenses. "They are paid by Prestige Cleaners so donors can be assured that every dollar they send is applied directly to the cost of the trip," they told us. "Please help us honor "the greatest generation" who so willingly sacrificed for their country."