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Honor Flight takes 67 Tampa Bay area veterans on free trip to Washington, D.C.

Veterans to see memorials, monuments
veterans leaving on Honor Flight
Posted at 7:44 AM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 23:20:39-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Mike Couper is a Vietnam veteran.

He’s also a member of the ABC Action News family, working security.

So we were proud to see Mike and 66 other Tamp Bay area veterans off to Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning on the Honor Flight of West Central Florida.

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Honor Flight is a nonprofit that sends vets from all military branches on a free trip to the nation’s capital to pay their respects at memorials and monuments.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Vietnam Wall again,” says Mike, getting ready to board the Honor Flight at St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport. “It’s been awhile.”

Honor Flight is a quick same-day excursion.

The public gathered later in the evening for a “Welcome Home” party at the airport.