May 15 2015

AL.com: Tuscaloosa WWII, Korean War vets make Honor Flight to D.C. memorials, meet Ala. Sen. Shelby

World War II and Korean War veterans from Tuscaloosa spent Wednesday in Washington, D.C., as part of their Honor Flight to visit the capital sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Rotary.

The veterans met and were photographed with Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.

"The valor and patriotism of our service members must never be forgotten nor taken for granted," Shelby said in a statement from his press office after meeting the veterans.

More than 75 vets flew to D.C. on this sixth Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight, making a total of 500 who have taken part in the program, according to Fox 6 WBRC-TV.

Hundreds of Tuscaloosa residents were expected to gather for a homecoming ceremony when the veterans flew back to the Druid City on Wednesday night, the station reported.

Honor Flight is a national program that takes World War II and Korean War vets to Washington at no cost to the veterans to visit the war memorials.

For more about the World War II Memorial, go to www.wwiimemorial.com or the National Park Service web site at www.nps.gov/wwii/index.htm.

For more about the Korean War Veterans Memorial, go to www.nps.gov/kowa/index.htm.