Local Vet Preps for Honor Flight

By Max Resnik

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Tuesday morning, a group of 80 World War II veterans will embark on a mission to Washington D.C. This mission, called Honor Flight, recognizes the sacrifice these veterans gave to protect our freedoms 70 years ago.

Tuesday morning’s flight takes off close to 8:30 a.m. from the 122nd Fighter Wing and will travel to Washington D.C. There, the veterans will get to see the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial as well the Changing of the Guard and the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Indiana’s NewsCenter’s Max Resnik is going along for the ride and will update this story with photos from Washington.

Before departing for Washington, Max sat down with a Carl Shoudel Monday, a WWII and Korean War veteran, who wrote a book on his time in service.

Carl says seeing the World War II Memorial will definitely bring back memories and a lot of emotion.

“It's hard to tell you what it will bring back. Of all the guys I know that aren’t here anymore and many of them didn't make it through, you know. And it'll bring back the good times."

Carl did not think he was ever going to make to Washington to see the Memorial. He sees this opportunity as one that will take him back 70 years.

“"I'm excited about it. Being on an airplane and being with other guys and getting to see the monument. I never thought I'd get to see the memorial. I never thought I'd get to see that."

Stick with this story for updates on the trip and head to Indiana’s NewsCenter Wednesday night for a full recap of the Honor Flight.

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