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Honor Flight: Follow 27 Southern Colorado veterans on their trip to Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. (KRDO) -- Southern Colorado veterans touched down in Washington D.C. Thursday, the first to do so from this area in two years.

A KRDO crew was able to join them on the once-in-a-lifetime trip meant to honor their service and dedication to the United States.

The honor flight consists of 27 veterans, all from Southern Colorado.

The first day of the trip started bright and early, checking in at Mt. Carmel in Colorado Springs. Once everyone was on the bus, they were sent off with a police escort up to Denver International Airport.

Once at the airport, the veterans were met with a round of applause as they boarded the plane.

The veterans tell KRDO they are extremely excited about the trip and looking forward to what's to come.

"It's going to be kind of overwhelming I think in a way," said Henry Reisig. "To think of all [in] the military who have given their lives during the conflicts and wars, and I just really - I think I'm going to maybe... be emotional about it."

Of the 27 veterans on the trip, one is from World War II, two served in Korea, and the rest served in Vietnam.

Friday morning kicks off with a trip to the World War II Memorial and ends at Arlington National Cemetery.

KRDO NewsChannel 13's Jessica Gruenling will be documenting the experience and sharing the trip.

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Jessica is a reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about her here.

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