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Honor Flight takes Space Coast's war veterans to DC

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, coins Russell “Cliff” Hastler, a U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Force veteran who served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, at the Wickham Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 17, 2015. Hastler was escorted by Tech. Sgt. Scott Tantius from the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard on a one-day trip to see his war memorials in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Alicia Premo/Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, coins Russell “Cliff” Hastler, a U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Force veteran who served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, at the Wickham Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 17, 2015. Hastler was escorted by Tech. Sgt. Scott Tantius from the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard on a one-day trip to see his war memorials in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Alicia Premo/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Jason Lamoureux, 45th Space Wing command chief, left, and his wife Senior Master Sgt. Kashanda Lamoureux, Air Force Technical Applications Center Inspector General superintendent, to his left, listen as Eric Relinger, a veteran of the U.S. Army, tells them stories from when he served Oct. 17, 2015, at the Wickham Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla. Space Coast Honor Flight is an organization that provides World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans an opportunity to visit their war memorials on a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Alicia Premo/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Jason Lamoureux, 45th Space Wing command chief, left, and his wife Senior Master Sgt. Kashanda Lamoureux, Air Force Technical Applications Center Inspector General superintendent, to his left, listen as Eric Relinger, a veteran of the U.S. Army, tells them stories from when he served Oct. 17, 2015, at the Wickham Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla. Space Coast Honor Flight is an organization that provides World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans an opportunity to visit their war memorials on a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Alicia Premo/Released)

Edith “Pewee” Fladmark, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, poses with her guardian Janis Buffaloe during an Honor Flight send-off event Oct. 17, 2015, at the Wickham Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla. Space Coast Honor Flight is an organization that provides World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans an opportunity to visit their war memorials on a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Alicia Premo/Released)

Edith “Pewee” Fladmark, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, poses with her guardian Janis Buffaloe during an Honor Flight send-off event Oct. 17, 2015, at the Wickham Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla. Space Coast Honor Flight is an organization that provides World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans an opportunity to visit their war memorials on a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Alicia Premo/Released)

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Members of the 45th Space Wing and its mission partners, Junior Enlisted Officer Corp cadets, and other supporters of local military veterans gathered at Wickham Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla., at 2:30 a.m. to honor World War II, Vietnam and Korean War veterans Oct. 17, 2015.

The Space Coast Honor Flight sends veterans on a one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials. Space Coast Honor Flight has taken 825 veterans on 32 flights, including 175 this year, and has one more flight to go. It has plans for a similar number of flights next year between March and October.

This flight included 16 World War II, six Korean War, and three Vietnam War veterans. Among the WWII veterans were three women.

For more information about the Space Coast Honor Flight go to:  www.spacecoasthonorflight.org