A group of about 28 Central Oregonians are preparing to go on the 6th World War II Veterans Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Bend Heroes Foundation President Dick Tobiason says they are taking 48 vets from all over Oregon; 28 of them are from Bend, Redmond, Prineville, La Pine and Powell Butte.
Tobiason says the vets have a full schedule that includes seeing all the war memorials. "We’ll get on buses and head up to Capitol Hill for breakfast with our Senators and Congressmen and get a tour of the Capitol. And then we'll got to the WWII Memorial for lunch and tour the WWII Memorial for several hours. We'll present the veterans with flags that have been flown over the U.S. Capitol as part of the Congressional Record that makes them a permanent part of American history, thanking them for service to our nation 70 years ago."
Tobiason says this visit means so much to these vets and it makes them feel very special and appreciated; as other visitors to the memorials always want to shake their hand and take pictures when they find out these men had something to do with the Memorial.
The 6th Honor Flight leaves from Portland on September 19th and returns on the 23rd.