World War II Veterans Head to Washington, D.C.

October 17, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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October 17, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) - 25 Local World War II Veterans will travel to Washington, D.C. Wednesday to visit the Word War II Memorial and other area attractions. The trip has extra special meaning to the veterans since everything is free of cost thanks to the 'Western New York Heroes' initiative. The program is part of a national network that is committed to providing free trips to the memorial.

"I've been looking forward to this a long long time," said Air Force Veteran Sarafino Saraf.

"Most of these veterans are in their late 80's, early 90's and this may be the last time they may see the memorial dedicated to their service," said New York State Senator George Maziarz. "This is actually the 4th honor flight I've arranged and sponsored from Western New York and it's a great privilege to get together with them and talk about their experiences."

The WNY Heroes group departed from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport early Wednesday and will return to Buffalo Wednesday night.

The WNY Heroes initiative is not affiliated with Honor Flight Buffalo.