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Veterans Travel to Nation's Capital on Final Honor Flight of 2013

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- The final Honor Flight of 2013 took off from our international airport Tuesday.

Veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam are in our nation's capital to visit their memorials.  As Local 12 News reporter Adam Clements shows, this trip of a lifetime is one these veterans will never forget.

Charles Robbins, a WWII vet said, "I was going to make a career out of it but that canned hash and hard tack biscuits didn't go to good with me and when Truman dropped the bomb I got to come home."

Charles Robbins served in the South Pacific during World War II.  He made it home safely but many of his brothers in arms did not.

They were by my side.  We fought together, they were my friends.  Some of them come back with me, some of them didn't.  That's what Im looking for, to see if their names are on the board.

Charles, along with sixty eight other veterans of war, boarded the final Honor Flight of the year.  They're spending the day visiting the national monuments and war memorials in Washington D.C. 

Dr. Henry Heimlich was a World War II veteran and is taking the trip.  He said, "To see these people and to know they were all through something that endangered their lives for a good cause is very significant to me.

Dr. Henry Heimlich invented the Heimlich chest drain valve, a device used on soldiers shot in the chest.

The company that manufactured it informed me that twenty six thousand valves were used, all saving a life in the Vietnam War."

It's a much deserved thank you to the men of honor.  Go figure, they're the ones who feel honored.

Charles Robbins said, It's a great day, at least they're trying to do something for the veterans. That's the main thing.
The veterans are honored with a water canon salute just before takeoff.  The honor flight is billed as a free trip to our nation's capital. But for these veterans they've earned every right to take this journey.

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