Published: Jun 08, 2013 1:07 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fl. - There was a sea of red white and blue at RSW Saturday morning as 50 World War II veterans headed out for the 12th Southwest Florida Honor Flight. 

They are spending the day in Washington D.C. visiting the WWII, Iwo Jima and Korean War memorials.  The day will end at Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Honor Flight program has given more than 600 veterans this opportunity.   

"There's certainly excitement to appreciate the recognition for what was done in the second world war but also it will bring back a lot of memories," says veteran, John Stal. 

"It's really a... really an emotional thing for me, I don't have tears but I can feel them," says veteran, Bill Lonnroth.

The veterans and their guardians will be back in Fort Myers later Saturday night.