28 Hawaii vets are heading to the nation’s capital on the “trustworthy” Honor Flight

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Thanks to the Honor Flight Network, 28 Hawaii veterans are now headed to Washington DC – some for the first time.

97-year-old retired colonel Albert Broome is one of them.

He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, but never visited the nation’s capital.

Honor Flight Network organizes trips to DC for retired military personnel.

The first stop is Portland, and the group will head to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, where they will visit monuments and memorials.

“It is unbelievable that I have this opportunity. The fun part of it all is that I’m meeting a lot of interesting people,” Broome said.

The flight is sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

The first “Flight of Honor” took place in 2005. So far, more than 250,000 veterans have participated in the program of visiting war memorials throughout the country.

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