Second Greater Peoria Honor Flight underway in Washington D.C.

By WEEK Producer

Second Greater Peoria Honor Flight underway in Washington D.C.

September 24, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dozens of war veterans from the Peoria area are on the trip of a lifetime. The group took off for Washington D.C. on Tuesday for an up-close look at several memorials and monuments in the nation's capitol.

Reporter Beau Ebenezer was along for the journey as the 72 area veterans took on their final mission Tuesday afternoon, thanks to Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Their mission…be honored at the nation's capitol for their efforts in ensuring America's freedom.

It was the second Greater Peoria Honor Flight. The trip is free of charge veterans.

Those on Tuesday’s trip served in World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War.

Each veteran was accompanied by a guardian, but one pair on the trip shared a special bond when it comes to serving our country.

Ralph Pagan, 90, is a World War II veteran. His guardian is his son, Dan Pagan, who is a Vietnam War veteran.

The tour stopped Tuesday afternoon at Iwo Jima and the Marine Memorial. The veteran's also had a chance to see the World War II memorial, along with the Vietnam and Korean War Memorial.

In the evening the veterans will witness the changing of the colors at Arlington National Cemetery.

The trip was made possible by $80,000 in private donations.

The group is expected to touchdown at General Wayne A. Downing Airport in Peoria around 9 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come to the airport to welcome the veterans back. If you would like to participate, you are asked to meet at the airport's CEFCU parking lot at 8 p.m.

For more information on the Greater Peoria Honor Flight program click on the link above.