World War II veterans depart in final 2014 honor flight from Lambert

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Nearly two dozen St. Louis area veterans are on a very special trip on this Veterans Day. They are going to Washington DC Tuesday Morning on board the latest honor flight to leave Lambert Airport.

These are really amazing men and women who served our country during World War II. This is a long day for them, many are in their 90's. They had to be here at 4am Tuesday so they could board an early flight.

But, an early wake up call didn't bother any of the veterans. They were just excited to be able to make this trip of a lifetime.  There are a total of 22 world war two veterans on this particular honor flight including three women. All of the veterans have guardians with them.

The group will land in Baltimore then take a bus into Washington DC. From there they will go to the various war memorials including the World War II memorial. They will finish their day at Arlington National Cemetery where they will see a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknown.

The group will then return to Lambert at 8pm to a heroes welcome. This is the 10th and final honor flight out of Lambert this year. Nearly 250 veterans have flown on Lambert honor flights in 2014. This is the 6th year for the honor flight program here in St. Louis.