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World War II veterans depart for trip to D.C.
By JESSICA ARSENAULT-Telegram Staff Writer
HERKIMER - While many in the Mohawk Valley were still sleeping, 54 World War II veterans boarded a bus bound for the nation's capital.Earlier than 5 this morning, veterans, trip committee members and more than 60 well-wishers gathered at the Herkimer VFW for the big send off. While temperatures this morning were barely above freezing, the air at the VFW was warm with excitement. After breakfast, coffee, some last minute instructions, many pictures, and a blessing from the Rev. Anthony Ligatto, the veterans filed out of the building and onto the bus. Family and well-wishers cheered and waved as the coach bus, along with a five-car, Herkimer and state police escort, left the VFW parking lot with horn honking, to embark on its 400-mile, dream-fulfilling journey. On this second Herkimer County veteran trip to Washington, D.C., the travelers will visit Arlington National Cemetery, enjoy a boat tour and luncheon on the Potomac River, tour the White House, and, as the highlight of the entire trip, visit the World War II Memorial. The long-awaited trip will conclude with a "Welcome Home" reception dinner back at the Herkimer VFW on Saturday evening.
BIG SENDOFF - The second veterans' trip to Washington,
D.C. and the World War II Memorial set off at 5:30 this
morning. Here, committee member John Brennan shook
hands with every veteran as they boarded the bus.
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