BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A salute at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport honors the veterans who helped save the world during World War II.
Veteran Albert Sniezak said, "It means a lot. This is my first trip going with the company like this, and it means a lot."
Albert is one of the 25 area veterans flying to Washington, D.C. as part of the first Honor Flight from Buffalo. There, he will see the memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifice.
Veteran James Mooney said, "It means something that I never look forward to seeing I'm going to see. It's a one trip in the lifetime. And I think all of us vets that are left should try to get on this flight."
The number of WWII vets still with us is dwindling, but the commitment to honor members of the great generation remains strong. Honor Flight relies on donations to provide free trips for America's veterans to visit memorials in the nation's capital. For the organizers, the mission is personal.
President of Honor Flight Buffalo Lisa Wylie explained, "My dad was a World War II vet, and he died in 2006 never seeing his memorial."
Carlyle Chapman is a proud veteran, 97-years-young.
"It's nice out though. It's nice that they put this together. I think I will enjoy it," said Chapman.
Many of veterans here say they are honored people care enough to help. Without donations, many of those who served our country would not be able to go to Washington.
Mooney said, "It's really something to see all these memorials. I've been wanting to go myself, but my health wasn't great, I just couldn't make it."
You can learn more about Honor Flight and how you can help the organization by following this link .
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