Honor Flight Central Coast California is escorting a record number of veterans on a trip to Washington D.C. later this month.
For the first time, the organization is chartering a plane from the Santa Maria Airport to take 74 veterans on their honor flight from April 24-26. Honor Flight Central Coast California Chairperson Bear McGill says this is the largest group his chapter has accompanied. McGill says chartering a plane will give the veterans a smooth trip to honor their service and sacrifice.
“Several of our trips going into Dallas coming home, we've had issues and had to travel quite a ways to get these veterans back on the plane,” McGill said. “I can tell you on their third day of traveling back, they're pretty tired, and it's a nightmare sometimes. We're excited that we have our own plane going to be sitting there waiting for us.”
Honor Flight Central Coast California plans to have a send-off on the morning of April 24 between 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and a welcome home on the evening of the 26th around 7 p.m., both at the Santa Maria Airport.
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