Dozens of Kentucky veterans take Honor Flight to Washington memorials

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dozens of veterans from Kentucky flew to Washington, D.C. Saturday as part of an honor flight. Sponsors paid for veterans to see the memorials built especially for them.

At left, Roy Ertis, Nancy, Ky., age 86, a Korea War veteran who joined Air Force when it was still called the Army Air Corps, reminisces with World War II Army veteran Joseph Bell, 91, of Lexington prior to Saturday's Honor Flight. (Photo by John Shotwell, Military Officers Association of America, Bluegrass Chapter)

More than 70 veterans left from the Blue Grass Airport on Saturday morning. Organizers had planned for 23 more veterans to go on the flight, but, unfortunately, they passed away before Saturday's flight.

Republican State Senator Ralph Alvarado accompanied the veterans, who mostly served in WWII and the Korean War, and are in their eighties and nineties. Senator Alvarado, a Winchester physician, served on the flight’s medical team.

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner
Norman Arflack, a retired Kentucky Army National Guard brigadier general, also accompanied the veterans.

Participants received a hero’s welcome when they returned to Blue Grass Airport Saturday evening.

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