Third Central Valley Honor Flight visits Washington, D.C.

Bee Washington BureauJune 25, 2014 

— The third Central Valley Honor Flight toured Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The 67 World War II veterans and their guardians on the trip visited the WWII and Iwo Jima memorials, had lunch at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and were greeted by Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

Since a modest beginning in May 2005, when a dozen vets were flown in from Ohio, Honor Flight has expanded into a national network that essentially goes non-stop.

All told, more than 100,000 veterans have participated. The first Central Valley Honor Flight took place in October, followed by the second in April.

Honor Flight is an all-expense paid journey. Guardians pay $1,000 each, while various donations fill in the rest of the approximately $150,000 total cost.

The trips are three days -- a day spent visiting the memorials sandwiched by two travel days.

The reporter can be reached at (202) 383-0006, mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com or @MichaelDoyle10 on Twitter.

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