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Last Honor Flight of the year leaves Tuesday morning taking veterans to visit D.C. monuments, memorials

Tri-State veterans (including two women and three World War II vets) and their guardians will take off on the final Honor Flight of the year from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on Tuesday, destined for Washington D.C. to see memorials and participate in ceremonies that honor their service to their country.

The sendoff ceremony will be at 5:45 a.m. send-off ceremony; 7:30 a.m. flight departure; and 9:30 p.m. welcome home ceremony.

An earlier veterans group visiting D.C.

Honor Flight Tri-State’s sole mission is to fly veterans 65+, who served stateside or overseas, to their memorials in Washington, D.C. at no cost. All veterans traveling on this flight are from the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and South Eastern Indiana area.

The October 29th trip will include visits to the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Iwo Jima, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the US Air Force Memorial and other Washington D.C. sights.

The flight will depart CVG at 7:30 a.m. It will be preceded by bag pipes from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, a TSA color guard ceremony and other special remarks in the area near the east end of the security checkpoint, all beginning about 5:45 a.m.

The return flight to CVG will arrive at 9:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the welcome celebration at the welcome point in the main terminal, which will take place at 9:30 p.m.

Attendees will be on the American Airlines chartered flight. Each veteran is accompanied by a guardian.

This is the final of four Honor Flight Tri-States of the year. To contribute or volunteer for Honor Flight Tri-State, please visit the website.

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