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Special Coverage: Veterans honored at flight to war memorials

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WASHINGTON (WBNG) -- More than 50 veterans came to Washington, D.C. Wednesday to view monuments and memorials in their honor.

One veteran, Douglas Arnold, passed away just days before the Twin Tiers Honor Flight could join other veterans at the nation's capital. However, his spirit made the trip.

Arnold was a United States Navy Veterans from 1960 to 63. Chaplain Norman Stitzel delivered the ceremony which rendered military honors to Arnold's son was able to travel south to Washington.

Stitzel reflected on what the Honor Flight trip means.

"Even though we lost people, we're bringing the ones we can," Stitzel said. "[We're] bringing them to these monuments and showing them how much we appreciate their service and showing the rest of the country this is what the price of freedom is."

Stitzel said he wants to ensure veterans get the honor they deserve.

12 News will have live coverage of the Twin Tiers Honor Flight mission in its 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Be sure to follow 12 News Anchors Cal Dymowski and Kaitlin Pearson on their social media accounts for on-scene coverage from Washington.

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