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Honor flight takes 50 Austin-area veterans to Washington D.C.

The flight transported 50 veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars to the nation’s capital to visit and experience the memorials built in their honor.

AUSTIN, Texas — Honor Flight Austin took its first flight in 2019 on Friday.

Fifty veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War departed the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) around noon Friday to head to Washington D.C.

While this is the first flight of 2019, Honor Flight Austin has taken 57 flights over the years.

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The veterans, guardians and staff assembled for a procession to Gate 21 around 11 a.m. The TSA Honor Guard and Austin Police Department Bag Pipes led the procession.

The veterans are scheduled to return Saturday around 5:45 p.m. to a welcome home greeting upstairs in west ticketing.

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Honor Flight Austin is a non-profit organization created to honor veterans by transporting them to visit and reflect at their war memorials. 

Honor Flight Austin serves veterans residing within Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis and Williamson Counties.  


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