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Over 300 attend what could be final Honor Flight meeting

Source: Tom Cheatham Source: Tom Cheatham
Source: Tom Cheatham Source: Tom Cheatham
Source: Tom Cheatham Source: Tom Cheatham

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Southeastern North Carolina's Honor Flight group held what could possibly be its final meeting on Tuesday morning.

Officials with the program, which takes local World War II veterans to the Washington, DC memorial, think that are no more veterans left to transport.

"We feel like we've taken everyone that is physically able to go," said Guardian Coordinator Jean Lawler.

In the four Honor Flights that have been conducted, a total of 735 veterans participated, according to Lawler. Approximately 300 veterans, their family members, and guardians attended a breakfast meeting at Post 10 on Tuesday.

"You can't do enough for the veterans," Lawler said. "It's because of them that we have our freedom."

The trips are free for the veterans, funded by the Honor Flight organizations, donations and help from volunteers.

If more veterans come forward that want to visit the memorial, Lawler thinks they will probably coordinate with a similar group in New Bern to make the trip possible.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.honorflightsenc.org/ or call 910-874-VETS (8387).

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