SC vet advocate organizes 8th Honor Flight to DC

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - About 100 World War II veterans from South Carolina are heading to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial dedicated to their military service.

Columbia restaurant owner Bill Dukes organized Wednesday's trip, which is the eighth so-called "Honor Flight" from central South Carolina.

Dukes says the trip clears his waiting list of all veterans who have applied for the flights, but he is looking for more.

The owner of the Blue Marlin restaurant says veterans pay nothing for the visit. The chartered flight accommodates even those who need wheelchairs or walkers because special volunteers escort all the veterans and assist them throughout the day.

Dukes is planning another flight for the spring of next year.

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