JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A special group of military veterans got a heroic send-off Friday in Johnson City.

Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee walked through an American flag-lined path and boarded a bus bound for Washington, D.C. Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe gave them a bon voyage pep talk.

Around 50 military veterans and their family members made the three-day trip, including 88-year-old Kenneth Armstrong of Greeneville, who was injured in germany on April 11 70 years ago.

He tells us he's really looking forward to this trip. "I believe I'll enjoy it. I've been to Washington several times, but I hadn't been to [the World War II memorial]," he said.

Allen Jackson, vice president of Honor Flight, told us more about their trip. "We wine them, we dine them. They see the sights. We laugh, we cry, and they're thanked for everything that they did and the freedoms that they gave to us," he said. "They get to see their memorials, which a lot of them would never get to see because they don't have the funds or the capabilities to get up there and do that."

The Honor Flight group will also be placing a wreath of honor at the World War II memorial in D.C.