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Korean veterans set to make Honor Flight trip to Washington

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Thanks to more than 500 Nebraskan donors, 460 Korean War veterans will be making the trip to Washington D.C. for the latest Korean War Honor Flight this month.
 
The veterans who represent more than 200 communities will fly out on March 25th along with their family members and friends. A total of 531 people will make the trip.

Honor Flight officials say this will be the biggest group to head to D.C. since the flights first started in 2005.

The veterans are slated to visit several memorials including the Korean War and World War II memorials.

Scotts Bluff County Veterans Service Director John Brehm says this will be a great opportunity for all veterans but especially those here in the panhandle.

"I think it's great. Just to go to Washington and see that memorial will be great. It will be a great opportunity something most of these guys will never have an opportunity to see."

In January, one donor reduced a pledge from $100,000 to $20,000 putting the Honor Flight goal in jeopardy.

Organizer Bill Williams, of Patriotic Productions in Omaha, says more than $475,000 was raised.

Williams is thanking Nebraskans for coming together and making the latest flight come true for the veterans. There are talks of planning future Honor Flights out of Kearney and Grand Island.

The Korean War veterans are scheduled to depart just before 6 a.m. for the one-day event.

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