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Greater Lafayette Honor Flight takes off one final time

Follow along here all day as News 18 travels with Greater Lafayette veterans on the final Honor Flight.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2018 8:09 AM
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 12:53 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's an emotional day for a group of our local veterans and Lafayette Gold Star Mothers. The Greater Lafayette Honor flight has taken off at the Purdue University Airport for the final time. 

Close to 100 veterans and their guardians boarded Flight 22 Tuesday morning. It's the last honor flight from Greater Lafayette to head to our nation's capital. Gov. Eric Holcomb was there to welcome the veterans aboard. 

Since the first honor flight in April of 2012, there have been three flights per year. It was announced in March this would be the final season of the Greater Lafayette Honor Flight due to finances. All wait-listed veterans will now have their applications sent to their nearest honor flight hub through the honor flight network. The remaining donations from Greater Lafayette is being sent to the honor flight network.

Pam Mow and Dana Vann are the co-founders of the flight. They are both mothers of fallen soldiers who died in active military at the age of 22. 

You can welcome our veterans home one final time Tuesday night. The flight is set to land at 7:30 p.m. at the Purdue University Airport.

News 18's Kiyerra Lake is on her way with the veterans this morning. You can follow along here all day long. 

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