Honor Flight takes 85 veterans to Washington D.C. to thank them for their service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Thursday morning 85 veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam stepped on board a flight at KCI Airport and flew to Washington D.C., as part of the Honor Flight program.

The Honor Flight is free and most veterans are bringing along family members as guardians.

Charles Bokes says he invited his grandson to travel with him. Bokes says he served in Korea and Vietnam. He says he flew all around the world in the Army, but hasn't been to Washington D.C., in about 40 years and is excited to see how things have changed, as well as see the memorials.

"He says he thinks this flight is fantastic, and he said actually he would donate some money if they take it," Bokes said.

Paul Kaiser, who fought in both the Korean War and World War II, is also going on the flight with his grandson.  He says he's looking forward to seeing the Korean War Memorial. Kaiser said he was drafted when he was 18-years old and stationed in Paris.

Kaiser and the other veterans along the flight will get a hero's welcome when they arrive in Washington D.C.  The veterans will also get a big greeting when they return to Kansas City around 9:30 p.m.

2,000 people are expected to greet the veterans Thursday.