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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- It is going to be a very special day for nearly two dozen St. Louis area veterans.

They are going to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial courtesy of the Honor Flight Program.

Inside of the Southwest Terminal, 22 veterans are getting ready to board a flight that's bound for Baltimore. From there, they will take a bus to Washington D.C. for a day they will surely never forget.

Earl Kunnemann, 92, from Collinsville, is among the 22 veterans on Tuesday morning`s Honor Flight. Twenty-one of the veterans are from World War II. One is from Korea.

Each of them has a guardian with them to make sure they get to where they are going safely. Earl is being escorted by a woman from his assisted living facility. His daughter will meet him in D.C.

These veterans range in ages from 87 to 95-years-old.

The Greater St. Louis Honor Flight group has been arranging these flights for five years. Veterans take trips once a month from March until November.

After arriving in D.C., they will go first to the World War II Memorial. They will see several other memorials and watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

The group will return back to St. Louis around 8 p.m. tonight.

To learn more about the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight visit: gslhonorflight.org