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WWII veterans fly to Washington, DC as part of Honor Flight program

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NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- More than 100 World War II veterans left Stewart International Airport Saturday for Washington, DC It's part of this year's Honor Flight Program.

Honor Flight started in 2012 in the Hudson Valley and flies veterans to the nation's capital to view their memorials. It's a one-day trip that the program says gives veterans a unique look into their service more than 60 years ago.

One 88-year-old veteran from White Plains says at the time, serving in the military didn't seem like such a big deal.

"It's just wonderful that so many people come out to honor us for service that we just assumed was the thing to do," said WWII veteran Jim Brucks.

Local lawmakers and officials were also there to see the veterans off.

The trip is funded through corporate sponsors, fundraisers, and donations from the community.

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