Honor Flight departs from Kern County

World War Two veterans took flight this morning headed to our nation's capital to see The World War Two Monument thanks to donations from the community.

Exactly 91 veterans boarded the plane for the second “Honor Flight.” It’s a trip that organizers say the elderly vets might not be able to take otherwise.

It's the moment some have waited decades to see.

They were handed boarding passing free of charge thanks to donations from the community.

"Well this will be my last chance to do it. I'm one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors here. A matter of fact there's only one other survivor that lives in Bakersfield,” said veteran Alfred Rodriguez.

When the plane arrived to the gate, the group that many consider the greatest generation ever grabbed their carry-on bags and headed down the jet way.

"It's something you see by pictures and all of that and had seen the thing. There's nothing like seeing the thing,” said Rodriguez.

Also joining the former service men, over 60 people from Kern County who will help trip organizers once they arrive to our nation's capital.

"Well these veterans gave their ultimate, so now it's time to pay them back. So it's an honor, and most of these veterans have never seen the world war two memorial, so it's going to be exciting for them,” said Michael Penney.

Whether they have fought on the front lines or are just tagging along, this group from Kern County is sure to make this trip one to remember.  

The group is scheduled to return to Kern County on Thursday night.

 

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