AUSTIN (KXAN) – Some 25 World War II veterans took part in the first-ever Honor Flight from Austin on Tuesday morning.
Honor Flight , a nonprofit organization, flies veterans for free to war memorials to honor them.
The men taking that special flight to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. ranged from 86- to 98 years old.
The vets flew out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where a ceremony took place before the men boarded.
Norman Kosarek served in the Navy during WWII and is overwhelmed to be a part of the trip.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Kosarek. “I’m kind of sentimental. I can’t believe they’re doing this for us.”
Kosarek is 86 years old but said by being around his fellow comrades for the first time in decades, he suddenly feels 23 again.
“It kind of takes me back in time, when I was onboard a ship.” said Kosarek.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell also stopped by to share a few words.
“Today, almost 83,000 veterans here been transported free of charge to Washington D.C. as a result of this Honor Flight program that we’re so proud of.” Leffingwell said.
Terry Burkett is a Vietnam veteran and wanted to show his respect for those men who fought before him.
“I’m here to honor these World War II veterans to thank them for their service, to thank them for my freedom and for yours.” said Burkett.
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