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West GA war veterans tour Capitol in honor flight

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland greets WWII veteran and Columbus resident Luther Smith at the WWII Memorial in Washington Tuesday. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland greets WWII veteran and Columbus resident Luther Smith at the WWII Memorial in Washington Tuesday.

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -   About 100 veterans flew out of the Columbus Metropolitan Airport Tuesday morning.

The war veterans flew at no charge to visit the nation's capitol and memorials.  It's all part of a program sponsored by the West Georgia Honor Flight program.

Their one-day tour included a visit to the WII Memorial, the Vietnam and Korean Memorials, a memorial for soldiers fighting at Iwo Jima,  Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland  met with the West Georgia  World War II veterans.

 "It was a great honor for me to be there with them when these American heroes visited the memorial for the first time. For them, the memorial isn't just stone and fountains; it's memories not only of victory in war, but also of great sacrifices, hard times and lives lost. Being there with veterans of the war brings new meaning to the memorial to all who go there with them. It reminds us all these years later how much we are still in their debt," said Westmoreland.

All veterans who came to Washington for the "Honor Flight" were given a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol.

On board the honor flight, were health sciences instructors from Columbus Technical College, doctors, and other area health professionals.

For more information on the West Georgia Honor Flight program, visit www.wgahonorflight.org.

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