5th Triangle Flight of Honor heads to Air Force Memorial in Va.

May 4, 2011 

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WW II Air Force veteran Jack Peoples is greeted at Reagan International Airport during a Triangle Flight of Honor trip to Washington D.C. Wednesday, April 5, 2011. Triangle Flight of Honor flies WWII veterans free of charge to visit the to visit the national memorials created in their honor.

TRAVIS LONG — tlong@newsobserver.com

About 100 North Carolina World War II veterans boarded a Boeing 737 early Wednesday to fly to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, the Iwo Jima Marine Corp Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This is the fifth Triangle Flight of Honor and the first time that the tour included a visit to the newly-opened Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

Air Force officials will present a special flag to the oldest veteran in the group.

The flight returns to RDU at about 7:30 p.m. and the public can join in the The Heroes' Welcome Party in the parking lot atrium there.

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