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Veterans prepare for Honor Flight To DC

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - At the pre-flight meeting for the inaugural Honor Flight, around 50 veterans gathered to hear all about their upcoming trip.

While each veteran had their own war story to tell, Donald Giltner recalled his own high stakes experience, working undercover in potentially hostile North Korean territory shortly after the Korean conflict. "It was exciting, it was intriguing, and constant thinking is everything going be alright," says Giltner.

But this spring, his family had a surprise for him, submitting his name to Honor Flight. "Little did I know my son had gotten in contact with some people and put my name in," he says.

"He was just ecstatic. He said, 'oh my God, you know this is something I've been waiting for for a long time'," says his son, Donald Giltner Jr. He's going on the trip as a guardian, making sure his assigned veteran, or in this case his father, has everything he needs."This is a culmination for both of us you know to where I can see where he walked," he says.

The whole trip lasts about 24 hours, but the meaning these former servicemen carry with them is timeless. "I'm very proud to have been selected to go on this honor flight...as the presentation was being given today it brought some tears to your eyes," says Donald Sr.

"Even though it's been a long time it still just seems like it was yesterday."

The Honor Flight departs on Thursday.
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