About 70 Valley World War II veterans took off for Washington, D.C., early this morning as part of the inaugural Central Valley Honor Flight.
They arrived about 4:30 a.m. at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, where they were welcomed by a parade and sent on their way with a special water arch salute, traditionally used to pay tribute to honored travelers.
The veterans, who range from 86 to 96 years old, will spend two days visiting memorials and monuments in the nations capital. Their airfare and accommodations are paid by donors.
Check fresnobee.com Wednesday for special coverage by McClatchy's D.C. bureau of the veterans' visit to the WWII Memorial.
They are scheduled to return to Fresno on Thursday afternoon. The public is invited to a welcome home party scheduled for 4:15 p.m. at the airport.
To support the Central Valley Honor Flight program, Visit cvhonorflight.org or call organization president Alan Perry at (559) 970-9853.
Check with fresnobee.com for updates throughout the day.