COLUMBIA, South Carolina — More than 80 military veterans from World War II and the Korean War are flying to Washington, D.C., for a tour of memorials erected in their honor.
Wednesday's scheduled trip is being sponsored by Lexington Medical Center.
Veterans and their escorts are slated to tour the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorial. They also view Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.
Honor Flight South Carolina was founded in 2008 by Columbia restaurant owner Bill Dukes, who has organized more than a dozen such flights over the years.
The flights were designed to honor World War II veterans, but given their advancing age and physical issues, they are now open to Korean War veterans.