KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Honor Flight took off from KCI Friday morning, taking 26 veterans to Washington D.C. for a special D-Day celebration.
The veterans, their guardians and family members will visit the World War II Memorial, Arlington national Cemetery and other landmarks.
A special wreath-laying ceremony will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. On Friday, President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the U.S. servicemen who "defied every danger" to pour onto the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago in defense of liberty.
The D-Day landings, in which mainly British, U.S. and Canadian troops invaded occupied France, were a turning point in World War II.
More than 156,000 troops crossed the English Channel during the D-Day invasion in on June 6, 1944. Nearly 10,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded.
This is the 16th local Honor Flight, serving 500 veterans to date.