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68 Kentucky veterans spend a day to remember in Washington, D.C.

At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Rexford Johnson of Winchester reached out to touch the Mural Wall. He was  accompanied throughout the day by "guardian" Michael Busby.
At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Rexford Johnson of Winchester reached out to touch the Mural Wall. He was accompanied throughout the day by "guardian" Michael Busby. LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

A plane carrying 68 Kentucky veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars returned home Saturday night after taking an Honor Flight from Lexington to Washington, D.C., to visit the nation's war memorials.

The free trip was sponsored by Touchstone Energy's 16 nonprofit electric co-ops and their East Kentucky Power Co-op, plus an anonymous donor.

Since the Honor Flight program was born 10 years ago in Springfield, Ohio, it has expanded into 125 hubs, or chapters, across the country. About 150,000 veterans have flown free to Washington and back, including nearly 1,800 Kentucky veterans

The veterans on Saturday's trip, recruited from Central and Eastern Kentucky, saw Arlington National Cemetery, and the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials.

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