COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Many of these men and women are about to take the trip of a lifetime.
"Its probably the most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life," said Deb Silver, co-founder of the Collier County Honor Flight.
These are the Guardians heading to DC on Collier County's second Honor Flight. Each one is assigned a veteran to look after on this trip. Fifty World War II veterans will visit monuments and memorials that honor their service to our country.
"Even though I grew up with the military, to have somebody who was actually part of World War II with me, it's just going to be my honor, it's definitely going to be my honor,' said Janet Stone, a Guardian on the trip.
On Wednesday night, the Guardians trained for their trip. Many are veterans themselves and feel this is just a small way to say thank you.
"And remind ourselves how important an effort it was that all these guys and gals made," said Tom Ryan.
The vets fly to DC for free. But Guardians are asked to donate to help support the whole thing. Only WINK News was there on the Honor Flight's inaugural trip last fall. These guardians said their upcoming journey is likely one they will never forget.
"As some of our guardians have said, I never knew it was on my bucket list until I did it," said Silver.
The guardians and veterans will meet for the first time this weekend. They'll fly to DC on April 26. The public is invited to greet them as they leave the airport Saturday morning, as well as their return to RSW at the Southwest Airline Terminal on April 26th at 10:30 pm.For more information, go to http://www.collierhonorflight.org/main/ or (239) 777-9295.