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Veterans muster early for Honor Flight to D.C.

About 90 Mississippi World War II veterans mustered early today for a trip to Washington D.C. to see monuments to their war and other sites.

The plane leaves about 7 a.m. from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport headed to Washington.

The veterans will see the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites before returning to Gulfport tonight.

U.S. Navy veteran Wesley Kent, 84, of Brookhaven said he was thrilled to be taking the trip.

"It's great to be in a country that remembers you," he said. "I thank the Lord I am able to make the trip while I still can."

Kent served aboard the USS Puget Sound during World War II.

Sponsored by a group called Honor Flight, which raised $80,000 to cover the cost of the trip for the veterans.

Sunherald.com will update this story throughout the day during the veterans' trip.

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