The Commemorative Air Force was the staging area for the inaugural Permian Basin Honor Flight, which honors the "greatest generation" with a trip of a lifetime to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The veterans, their families, and the guardians for the trip gathered at the CAF's George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush Commemorative Center at Midland International Airport in Midland, Texas.
In addition to many people from the community coming out to show their support for more than 40 World War II Veterans taking the flight, they were also honored with Color Guards, the Star-Spangled Banner, the CAF's B-29 Superfortress FIFI.
“For the World War II veterans, this is their last hurrah,” said Earl Morse, president and co-founder of the Honor Flight Network, in a video. “This is probably the last chapter of their lives. For some, it’s literally the last paragraph of their lives. What a way to end their stories.”
Many of the veterans on the flight were excited to share their stories and to see the World War II Memorial for the first time.
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