EVANSVILLE — Local veterans are encouraged to sign up for a trip to Washington, D.C., through the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana.

Multiple Gibson County residents have taken the trip in recent years, which serves the counties of counties of Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick.

The organization is accepting applications from men and women who served in Vietnam, the Korean War and WWII. The oldest veterans are selected first, except in instances where a veteran may be terminally ill.

Veterans are welcome whether they served stateside, overseas, during conflict, or non-conflict.

Applications are available online through the website www.honorflightsi.org or by calling the answering service at 812-297-4136.

The next flight for the organization is set for May 2, when veterans will visit Washington D.C. to see the various service memorials.

The day starts early in the morning at the Evansville Airport where veterans and their guardians prepare to board the plane. While in D.C., attendees will see the WWII Memorial, take a bus tour of the National Mall and visit the Korea, Lincoln, and Vietnam Memorials.

Before heading back to Evansville, they will also see Arlington National Cemetery, including the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, and the Air Force Memorial.

The Honor Flight is free to the veterans, with all expenses paid other than souvenirs they may wish to purchase.

When veterans return to Evansville, they will be greeted by the Welcome Home Parade. The public event fills the airport with supporters, who often bring signs and flags to fill the pathway for veterans.

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