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Honor Flight NEI set for milestone journey

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is set to hit several major milestones as it departs with 70 military veterans to Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

The group’s first flight took place in 2009 and Wednesday’s flight will mark the 16th time the group has taken veterans to the nation’s capital. The flight will carry Honor Flight NEI’s 1,000th veteran. It will also be the 400th national Honor Flight that involves U.S. Airways.

Wednesday’s flight includes 34 veterans over the age of 90 and one woman who is 101-years-old.

Veterans and guardians will gather at the 122nd Air National Guard Base around 6 a.m. for breakfast and begin boarding the aircraft at 7 a.m. The group is scheduled to leave from FWA at 8:30 a.m.

Mayor Tom Henry (D-Fort Wayne) is expected to read a proclamation at the Wednesday morning sendoff.

Members of the public are encouraged to welcome home the veteran’s at the airport terminal around 9 p.m. A live band and the Patriot Guard Flag Corp will be in attendance.

Click here for more information on how to get involved with Honor Flight NEI and how to donate.