Veterans prepare for 3rd Honor Flight

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) -- It's a belated sign of gratitude, but it's well worth it for nearly 90 veterans.

They now have the chance to see the memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

"I wanted to go.  This is the third one they've had, and I finally made it," said one veteran.

"I've never seen it, so this ought to be very enjoyable," said another participant.

At Sunday's orientation at Prattville's Doster Center, vets met up with their guardians for the honor flight.

Some were familiar faces.  Others were just there to show their support.

"It means a lot. The older gentlemen and ladies here that were World War II vets.  They plowed the ground for us," said Gene Cody, Jr., an Honor Flight guardian.

The groups come from all walks of life: father and sons, teacher and student--even husband and wives traveling together.

"It's just wonderful. I didn't want to go at first, but then I got excited about it," said veteran Doris Hall.

It's a feeling shared by the people who helped make this flight a reality.

"It's just like one of those things that we have just fallen in love with, and we say, 'Are we going to do another one?'  Then, we run into people and you say, 'There's no way not to,'" explained Joe Mathis, a co-chair Honor Flight.

The veterans are set to take off May 2nd. We'll have coverage for you on WSFA 12 News and