By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) More than 100 aging World War II veterans are flying to Washington, D.C., to see the monument dedicated to their service through a gift from South Carolina's electric cooperatives.
The 20 cooperatives planned to announce their support Friday for the 12th flight set up by Honor Flights South Carolina, founded by Columbia restaurant owner Bill Dukes.
The cooperatives serve about 1.5 million people in all 46 counties in the state. They are looking in particular for veterans from rural areas who may not have been able to take past flights.
The flight is scheduled to leave Columbia for Washington in April. Others have flown from Greenville-Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach and Charleston.
South Carolina's Office of Veterans' Affairs estimates there are about 35,000 veterans of World War II living in the state.