82 Oklahoma veterans take Honor Flight to visit war memorials

82 Oklahoma veterans take Honor Flight to visit war memorials

WASHINGTON, D.C._Senator James Lankford met with 82 Oklahoma veterans Wednesday during a one-day trip to visit Washington, D.C., war memorials.

The Oklahoma veterans were able to make the trip through Honor Flights, a non-profit program dedicated to flying World War II and Korean War veterans to see all of the veterans' memorials in Washington, D.C., free of charge. They were able to see the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial and the Arlington National Cemetery.

"The Oklahoma Honor Flight has allowed many veterans to see the World War II memorial, as well as other memorials in Washington, D.C., for the first time," said Lankford. "It is difficult to see these Honor Flight trips come to an end. The trips have always served as an important reminder of the sacrifices of these veterans and their generation for our nation."

Oklahoma Honor Flights began making trips in May 2010, and the organization announced earlier this year that they would most likely stop accepting veteran applications in November. Wednesday's flight was the 22nd flight from Oklahoma. This trip was made up of 28 World War II veterans, 53 Korean War veterans and one Vietnam veteran.

November 1, 2015, is the deadline for Oklahoma Honor Flights to accept veteran applications. Flights scheduled for 2016 will be determined by financial resources and the number of applicants. You can learn more about Honor Flights here.