Inaugural Honor Flight takes off from Syracuse
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It was a first of its kind flight for Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. Saturday marked the inaugural Honor Flight for dozens of World War II veterans.
There were 25 veterans from New York and Pennsylvania who were picked to take a chartered plane to Washington, D.C. for the day. They'll get to see sights like the World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York met the group at the airport. They said veterans were eager to make the trip.
"They were very excited, they were like they were 20 years old again. We had a couple of the guys stop and stand up out of their wheelchairs and salute the flag line," said Patriot Guard Rider Scott Smoke.
The American Airlines flight was provided free of charge to veterans.