LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Dozens of veterans received a hero’s welcome Friday night at Blue Grass Airport.
The group was part of an “honor flight” that takes military veterans on tours of the nation’s capital.
Nearly 70 veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War spent the day touring memorials in Washington, D.C.
The all-expenses paid trip included stops at several war memorials and the Arlington National Cemetery.
And as the nation loses more veterans each day, the goal of the honor flight is to get as many of the brave men and women from around the state to see the memorials dedicated to their service.
It was all smiles Friday night at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington as families rolled out the red carpet for their return.
Since the honor flight network launched in 2005, more than 180,000 veterans have flown to D.C. free of charge. The next scheduled flight from Kentucky is set for Oct. 13.