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Tue May 8, 2012
Music City Honor Flight Paying for the Excursion

Tennessee Veterans Enjoy "Honor Flight"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A large group of Middle Tennessee veterans are getting an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C.

About 100 vets and their guardians will depart from Nashville International Airport today on a so-called “honor flight” to visit the World War II Memorial  in the nation’s capital.

The Nashville non-profit Music City Honor Flight is paying for the excursion as a way to thank the veterans for their war-time service.

Tennessee’s highest ranking military officer, Major General Max Haston, was on hand for the departure of a recent Honor Flight, and noted that World War II era veterans are now dying at the rate of several thousand a day.

“If we miss an opportunity to say ‘Thank you,” to these heroes, we may not ever get it again.  They are absolutely the reason this country is the way it is today - and we enjoy the freedoms that we do  - because of these guys sitting behind me here.”

Music City Honor Flight says on its website that each charter trip to D.C. costs about $60,000 and is paid for through donations. Visit musiccityhf.org for more information.