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East Texas WWII veterans arrive in Washington D.C.

Airport onlookers clapped for East Texas veterans as they arrived in Washington D.C. Airport onlookers clapped for East Texas veterans as they arrived in Washington D.C.

TYLER, TX - Thirty-seven World War II veterans and a team from Brookshire Grocery Co. have landed in Washington D.C. It is the second WWII Heroes Flight Brookshires has organized.

The group gathered at the Brookshire's store parking lot on Rice Road in Tyler at 5 a.m. Tuesday. They arrived in Washington early this afternoon.

The group is scheduled to return to the same store location approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, where the community is welcome to greet the returning veterans.

During the two-day trip, the group will visit the WW II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Capitol, among other historic sites.

"We are very grateful for the service provided by these veterans," said Rick Ellis, chief marketing officer for BGC. "Our first trip with WWII veterans back in May was so rewarding we've decided to do it again with a new group of east Texas veterans."

Ellis added the response from the veterans desiring to go was overwhelming.

Veterans participating in the trip are from many different communities in east Texas, including Tyler, Longview, Kilgore, Wills Point, Overton, Gladewater, Pittsburg, Canton, Whitehouse, Lindale, Chandler and Mineola.

"Most of these veterans have never had a chance to see their memorial. We're thrilled to provide this opportunity," Ellis said. "We realize time is of the essence for this group. It's estimated that we're losing WWII veterans nationally at a rate of 1,000 per day. There is not much time left to honor them in this way."

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