HONOR FLIGHT: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM WASHINGTON

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The Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight took another group of veterans on a day trip last week to the nation’s capital, visiting memorials in honor of their service.

The organizers with the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa seek out veterans a few times a year from Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama who have not yet participated in one of the all-day trips, which are free for veterans.

The veterans and their aides or guardians departed from Tuscaloosa Regional Airport on a charter flight at 7 a.m. on May 8 and returned at 8:10 p.m. to a welcome-home celebration.

The veterans arrived in Baltimore and traveled by bus to Washington, D.C., to visit national memorials. Members of the area’s congressional delegation greet the veterans at some of the stops. The tour also makes stops at the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery

Since 2010, The Rotary Club has taken more than 700 veterans on the flights.

The trips are funded by the club with the help of donations from local companies, organizations and individuals.

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