50 World War II vets take Honor Flight to Washington
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CREATED Sep. 7, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 7, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla - About 50 World War II veterans left on a trip of a lifetime Saturday morning.
"It's unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable," veteran Chuck Meyers said.
Meyers enlisted in 1942.
"This is an experience of a lifetime and when I saw lifetime, I am 95 years old, so it's really fabulous for me," Meyers said.
Meyers left Southwest Florida International Airport with 50 other veterans for the Honor Flight. The Honor Flight Network brings veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their war memorials.
"I am very anxious to see what it's all about," Meyers said, who hasn't been to any of the memorials.
Veteran John Glabere from North Fort Myers is also a first timer.
"I can't really put anything to it, in other words, its just unbelievable someone would do something for you," Glabere said.
While waiting in the terminal with all the other veterans, Glabere said the memories started to flood back.
"I tried getting in at 16 and they caught me, I did get in at 17," Glabere said. "I only weighed 115 pounds, I almost fell off the gangplank with a sea bag, a mattress and a hammock."
Older now, and traveling a little lighter, Glabere said he is ready to pay his respects to those who lost their lives. He said he is extremely thankful for the opportunity.
"Thank you very, very much," Glabere said.
For more information on the Honor Flight, log onto www.honorflight.org/