91 war veterans head to Washington, DC on 17th Honor Flight

91 veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietname War took part in the 17th Honor Flight from GSP International airport on Thursday morning. (Photo by Kristi Harper)
91 veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietname War took part in the 17th Honor Flight from GSP International airport on Thursday morning. (Photo by Kristi Harper)

GREER (WSPA) – A group of veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War left GSP International Airport early Thursday morning to visit monuments built in their honor in Washington, DC.

A group of 91 veterans made up the 17th honor flight that is put on by Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina. It’s a non-profit group that relies on donations and volunteers to help those veterans travel to the nation’s capital.

This flight included a special guest. Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputy Dave Dempsey was scheduled to be on the plane. Dempsey was injured in December, 2015 when he was struck in the head by a bullet in the line of duty.

The group includes about 100 guardians, doctors, nurses, support staff, and media. They will visit the World War II and Korean War Memorials in addition to viewing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

You’re invited to be at GSP International Airport terminal on Thursday night to celebrate their return. The honor flight is expected to arrive between 8:00-8:30pm.

If you’d like to get involved, make a donation of become a volunteer for a future trip, contact the Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina website by clicking here or call (864) 869-VETS.

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