BUFFALO, N.Y. - More than 40 World War II and Korean War veterans took the trip of a lifetime Saturday.
They flew from Buffalo for a trip to the nation's capital through Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight.
The all-volunteer organization takes veterans to see the monuments dedicated to their service -- free of charge.
The dozens of local veterans gathered at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport around 6:30 a.m. Saturday for a special send-off with their families.
Their flight took them to Baltimore where they got on a bus to Washington, D.C. They visited a number of places, including the WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery for a changing of the guard.
43 veterans took part in Saturday's honorable tri and they included those who served in World War II, Vietnam and Korea. The oldest 98-year-old veteran, Sabastian Bordoano who goes by Yono, was General Patton's personal liaison. He met with Senator Bob Dole at the World War II memorial and presented him with a replica 1951 zippo lighter that commemorates the day's trip.
Many veterans remarked the trip had a special significance to them and brought back memories.
"Fantastic, it was just gorgeous," said Russell Notaro, a Korean War Veteran. "...Lotta memories we have in the service and a lot of stuff there we saw. A lot of things in the service the people never saw before -- but very nice."
This trip is special to the veterans for so many reasons. A few are celebrating their birthdays. Also traveling on the Honor Flight are a set of twins and two men who became friends in Boy Scouts as kids and then joined the service together as adults.
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