Only on 10: RI veterans invited on Honor Flight

The second of two Honor Flights took off Saturday with 42 Rhode Island veterans and their guests, bound for Washington, D.C., on a trip to see the memorials that were built to honor their service.

The day began with a police and fire motorcade and Rhode Island Air National Guard escort that traveled from the Warwick Fire Station to T.F. Green Airport, where they were greeted with applause and a band of bagpipers before boarding the Southwest Airlines flight that would take them to Washington.

It was an emotional day for everyone involved in the Honor Flight, but especially for the 42 veterans, who ranged in age from 85 to 93. They toured Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. While at Arlington National Cemetery, they also had a chance to remember those that never made it home from the war at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For the veterans it was a day to be honored and to honor those they had lost that they will never forget.

The transportation costs were covered by the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, and the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Foundation organized volunteers to assist the veterans on the trip.