Honor Flight ushers another group of WWII vets to national monument

AUSTIN (KXAN) — There was a special thank you ceremony Friday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the men and women who did so much for our country.

Honor Flight Austin took about 25 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the national monument.

Veteran Gail Halversen was part of Friday’s trip. He was in the Air Force and in the years after the war he flew in supplies to West Berlin. As a sign of goodwill, he started to drop chocolate from the plane to kids in the city. It helped spawn his new nickname, ‘The Candy Bomber.’

Halversen said this trip to the World War II Memorial was one of the best things to ever happen to him in his 93 years.

“To actually be up close to it, see the size,” Halversen said, “it’s the heart of America. It’s an expression of love for what those veterans have done.”

This was the last flight for the spring season.

Organizers need to raise more money before the four fall trips.

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