Published: Nov 08, 2013 5:47 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "I've seen some interesting parts of the world," said Roy Eidem.

Having served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, 90 year old Roy Eidem spent close to three decades in the Army,

"There are some times when you have some interesting, pleasant things, but that's not the purpose of it. The purpose of it is to do unpleasant jobs," said Eidem.

On Saturday, the sacrifices he and other veterans made for this country will be honored, as southwest Florida veterans travel to Washington DC for the first Honor Flight of the Collier County chapter.

"I feel very fortunate," said Eidem.

More than fifty veterans will make the trip. They will be joined with fifty travel partners called "Guardians." Jerry Sanford, a Navy veteran, is Eidem's Guardian.

"To go with these wonderful people and to meet with them. It's all about them, it's not about us, it's all about them," said Sanford.

It took less than three months for organizers to raise the money for the trip and WINK News will be there. Veterans travel for free to visit the monuments constructed in their honor.

"It's going to be a wonderful day," said Sanford.

"I think there are those who maybe think we're being honored, we're honored to be able to honor someone, put it that way," said Eidem.

The community is invited to send off the veterans as they leave southwest Florida, as well as welcome them home from their trip.

Send off times:

4am - Naples Airport

5:30am - RSW


Welcome home times:

9:45pm - RSW

Naples Airport - 11pm


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