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Veterans see DC memorials for first time

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Rotary Club of York sent a group of Midstate veterans on a special trip Thursday. It is called the "Honor Flight."

The day started like any other day in the military, with roll call for the 19 veterans, but it has been decades since they served. They are all World War II and Korean War veterans.

Each has an incredible story.

"I drove a truck up a hill one day and the thing was smoking and I didn't know what was wrong. I had a load of ammunition on the truck and there was fire coming out. Here I had the brake on. Luckily it didn't explode," said Ken Allison, a Korean War veteran who served in the Army.

"I was pretty well all over the world. I joined the Navy and saw the world," said Paul Thomas, who served during World War II in the Navy.

But what the veterans have not seen is their memorials in Washington, D.C. The Rotary Club of York gave them that chance.

"We're gonna head straight to the World War II Memorial where we'll have an opportunity for our World War II veterans to tour their memorial. We'll have a chance to swing by the Korean War Memorial, let our Korean War veterans see their memorial," said J.T. Hann, with the Rotary Club of York. "We're gonna participate in the Changing of the Guard over at Arlington National Cemetery."

"Oh, I think it's marvelous. Certainly appreciate that. They've done a good job. I'm glad for the opportunity to go," Allison said.

Rotarians were glad to give something back.

"These are heroes, each and every one of them. It's just a small way that we can take some time out of our busy schedules to recognize them for their service," Hann said.

This was the third time the Rotary Club of York has done this. They are one of only two Honor Flight hubs in Pennsylvania.


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