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Mid-Missouri group to fly veterans to Washington D.C. Monday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Central Missouri Honor Flight (CMHF) took off Monday morning with dozens of military veterans for Washington, D.C.

More than 90 veterans, three Korean War and 88 Vietnam War veterans, left Columbia Monday at 1:45 a.m. CMHF plans to give the veterans tours of the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Battle of Iwo Jima Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery.

The organization encourages anyone to welcome the veterans back at the Courtyard by Mariott at 3301 Lemone Industrial Dr. in Columbia around 9:45 p.m.

"Seeing members of the public waiting to greet them is sadly exactly the opposite homecoming that our veterans faced when returning from combat," Central Missouri Honor Flight said in a press release. "This homecoming is the 'welcome home' that so many of our veterans never received.

The group provides honor flights for free to veterans. CMHF has a waiting list of veterans that want to visit Washington D.C., however, the organization is accepting new applications.

To apply, veterans can visit Central Missouri Honor Flight's website or call 573-256-1930.

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