Inaugural Greater Peoria Honor Flight ready to take flight

By WEEK Producer

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, IL. -- June 4th is the day many area veterans have waited a lifetime for.

The Greater Peoria Honor Flight will take-off from Peoria's General Wayne A. Downing International Airport at 6:30am Tuesday morning.

Nearly 80 veterans will take the flight to Washington D.C. For free.

They will visit the the various War memorials and landmarks around the city.

The veterans will return to Peoria Tuesday night at 9pm and all Peorians are asked to come out and greet them to say thank you for their service.

Our coverage will begin tomorrow on News 25 Today and HOI 19 Daybreak and we are the only news crew making the trip with the veterans.

We will bring you full coverage of the historic day exclusively on News 25 and HOI 19.

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