Honor flight to leave from Tuscaloosa May 18

Honor flight to leave from Tuscaloosa May 18

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A group of 165 people will be flown from Tuscaloosa to Washington, D.C. on an honor flight set for May 18. Source: WBRC video A group of 165 people will be flown from Tuscaloosa to Washington, D.C. on an honor flight set for May 18. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

A big trip is in the works for west Alabama veterans. City leaders announced an upcoming honor flight trip to Washington, D.C.

It's not the first honor flight from Tuscaloosa to D.C., but that doesn't make it any less special for area veterans.

For one Korean War vet in particular, it's a chance to pay his respects to a friend and fallen comrade.

Two veterans were among the group making the announcement at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport about the latest honor flight. The Tuscaloosa Rotary Club is sponsoring the trip.

About 165 people will leave the morning of Saturday, May 18 for the capital. Half of those passengers will be World War II and Korean War veterans. They'll visit places like the World War II and Korean War memorial and Arlington Cemetery.

That's important to Korean war veteran Llannie Ellison. It gives him a chance to visit the grave of his friend John Hamner who's buried at Arlington Cemetery.

"It brings back many memories because one of my childhood friends was killed in the Vietnam War and I went to Arlington Cemetery and laid my hand on his monument while I was visiting him," Ellison said.

The group leaves at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and returns after 7 p.m. the same day. The May 18 trip will be the fourth honor flight to leave Tuscaloosa since 2010.

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