WASHINGTON – Governor Bob Riley will travel with 88 World War II veterans from south Alabama on an Honor Flight this Wednesday.
The group is scheduled to depart from Mobile on Wednesday at 7:15 a.m., spend the day in Washington, D.C. at the World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, and then return to Mobile around 7:30 p.m.
Governor Riley will serve as a guardian for three of the veterans during the trip.
“This is going to be a very special day that I’ll never forget,” said Governor Riley. “Our veterans won for us every hour that we’ve lived in freedom. It will be a great privilege to spend the day with these heroes and honor their service to America.”
In May, Governor Riley spoke with veterans in Mobile as they boarded an Honor Flight and in 2009 was at the World War II Memorial in Washington to greet a group of veterans from Birmingham who were visiting the memorial.
Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has raised money and organized volunteers to arrange trips for World War II veterans to visit the memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifice.