Honor Flight Kern County launched from Meadows Field Friday morning with 22 war veterans on board. The flight will take the veterans to Washington D.C. to tour veterans monuments over Memorial Day weekend.
"I am deeply honored because I worked in Washington and this is like going home," veteran Anthony Kalsavage said. "Going to Arlington is special because a lot of my friends are buried there."
Family and friends gathered at the airport for a special farewell ceremony for the veterans who all served during World War II.
"This means a great deal there are a lot of things we tend to forget and this is bringing it all back and refreshing our memories," veteran Hughey Young said.
Most of the veterans are in their 90s and some have never traveled to Washington D.C. On Saturday, they will tour the nations capitol and meet Congressman Kevin McCarthy for lunch.
Before the plane took off from Meadows Field the fire department sprayed it with water to salute the veterans. The group is set to return home to a welcome home celebration on Sunday May 27th at 9:30 p.m.