LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KPLR) - A passenger jet carrying some very precious cargo landed late Tuesday night at Lambert Airport. The Southwest flight was transporting 20 World War II and Korean War veterans from the St. Louis Area. It was all the work of Greater St. Louis Honor Flights.
The veterans flew out before dawn Tuesday for Washington D.C. While there they visited their war monuments and met with Missouri politicians. The fact that there were so many World War II vets on the flight was incredibly special.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says right now there are less than 850,000 still alive, dying at a rate of about 465 a day.
While in D.C. the veterans met with Senator Roy Blunt who thanked them for their service to our country. They also made a special stop at the Pentagon memorial for the victims of 911.
Southwest Airlines is a partner with honor flights and works to make the one day trips as comfortable as possible for these war heroes.