PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A flight filled with veterans took off from Sky Harbor Airport, headed to our nation's capitol. But this Honor Flight is different from those in the past. It's not just for those who fought in World War II.
It's a trip 28 men have anticipated for quite some time.
"I've been waiting a couple of years," Jim Borges, a Korean War veteran, said. "About two years, I think."
Now, just a few more minutes in Sky Harbor security and then all of that waiting comes to an end.
"You can't find a better group of people in the world than a bunch of veterans together," Patrick Cannon, a Korean War veteran, said.
Together, they're on an honor flight to Washington, D.C. after almost seven decades have passed since fighting the Korean War.
"This is the first Korean group that's going... and I'm really excited about it," Jimmy Gabbert, a Korean War veteran, said.
Honor Flight Arizona has taken hundreds of World War II vets to the nation's capitol and 60 trips later, the organization is now inviting Korean War vets to come along.
"All day in D.C. tomorrow from eight in the morning to eight in the evening and they'll be exhausted when they get home," said Lisa with Honor Flight Arizona.
It's a three-day trip filled with sightseeing and conversation.
"I don't know too many of them, but I'll get to know them all," one veteran said.
The wait is finally over.
"I've been waiting three years to get on the flight," Gabbert said.
The impact is already setting in.
"I'm just so excited... I want to cry," Borges said.