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Honor Flight Brings Veterans to D-Day Memorial

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Bedford, VA - While hundreds of D-Day veterans are expected to visit the memorial Friday, a group of veterans from Florida made the trip Friday.

The trip was part of an honor flight sponsored by Breitling, a company that makes Swiss watches.

Sixty-five D-Day veterans and their guardians flew into Roanoke on a plane from Florida this morning and were then escorted by members of Rolling Thunder and the Patriot Guard.

Representatives of Breitling say it was important to help these vets make the trip because it may be the last chance some of them get to do it.

"I had one veteran say to me this morning, 'I've waited 70 years for this.' It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out where that puts him. He's got to be pushing 90 or 90 plus. And they deserve more than we could ever give in thanks because these guys literally saved the world for all of us."

The vets on the honor flight will also be in attendance for Friday's anniversary events.

The veterans then make their way to Washington D.C. to visit the World War two Memorial, and watch the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

ay veterans and their guardians flew into Roanoke on a plane from Florida this morning and were then escorted by members of Rolling Thunder and the Patriot Guard.

Representatives of Breitling say it was important to help these vets make the trip because it may be the last chance some of them get to do it.

"I had one veteran say to me this morning, 'I've waited 70 years for this.' It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out where that puts him. He's got to be pushing 90 or 90 plus. And they deserve more than we could ever give in thanks because these guys literally saved the world for all of us."

The vets on the honor flight will also be in attendance for Friday's anniversary events.

The veterans then make their way to Washington D.C. to visit the World War two Memorial, and watch the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

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