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Oklahoma World War II Veterans to Travel to Washington

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - About 100 World War II veterans from Oklahoma are in Washington, D.C., to visit a memorial in their honor.

The veterans departed Oklahoma City on Tuesday and are to return Wednesday at 10 p.m. at Will Rogers World Airport.

This week's flight is the eleventh Oklahoma Honor Flight since the state program was created in September 2009.

The all-volunteer, not-for-profit, Oklahoma Honor Flights program is based on a similar program established in Ohio in 2005 and takes veterans on a 2-day trip to Washington to visit the World War II memorial there.

Oklahoma currently has more than 240 World War II veterans on its waiting list for the trip. All flights and expenses for the veterans are paid for from private contributions.

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