Idaho veterans take Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

A group of Idahoans veterans left Boise Tuesday on a special trip.

BOISE - Idaho veteran Herbert Morrison served in the United States military during World War II, proudly fighting in the South Pacific. All these years later though it's still tough for Morrison to talk about his service.

"We really don't like to talk about all of it," said Morrison.

This week though it will be a little easier for him, Morrison is traveling with 25 other World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. as part of a special trip.

The group of veterans arrived to the Boise Airport early this morning, and quickly began sharing stories with new friends before a special flight.

For the last five years the Honor Flight of Idaho organization has arranged a trip for local World War II veterans to visit the war memorials in the nation’s capital, free of charge.

Idaho Honor Flight Director Lance Stephensen says close to 150 Idaho veterans have been sent on honor flights over the last five years, all free of charge for the veterans.

"Honor Flight is to thank these gentlemen for their service and sacrifice," said Stephensen.

It’s also a trip that is long overdue, most of the veterans have never visited Washington, D.C., so there was a lot of excitement early Tuesday morning.

“We’re thanking them for something that should have happened several years ago and it's our honor to show them the memorials that were built for their service and sacrifice," said Stephensen.

For Herbert Morrison it’s a reminder that their service is still appreciated, and also an opportunity to have some fun.

“After I get tired pushing all the wheel chairs, I think it's going to be nice, I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of strange sights and wonderful sights," said Morrison.

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