Thirty veterans from Southern New Mexico and El Paso are on their way to Washington D.C. as part of the 11th annual Honor Flight.
The group will be visiting the war memorials in the area, many of the veterans say this will be their first time at the memorials.
“Its going to be really interesting to see it and look for somebody I know on there,” veteran Lawrence Pierce said.
The group from New Mexico met at a local hospital early Tuesday morning, greeted by Army and Navy ROTC cadets, before getting on a bus with a police escort to El Paso International Airport. There they met up with the veterans from El Paso.
Some veterans we talked to got very emotional thinking of the sacrifice the fallen service men and women made. Vietnam veteran Fred Apodaca said he hopes to find the names of several of his friends who never made it home, so he can pay his respects.
“If I find their names for me it would be a closure. Rest in peace,” Apodaca said.
The veterans will return home early Thursday morning.