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WAFF 48 News tells the stories of the families with flags on Honor Flight

The clock is ticking to get every World War II veteran from the Valley to Washington to see their memorial.

WAFF 48 News anchor Lee Marshall has the story of the honor flags for honor flight.  

Every WWII veteran has the chance to see their memorial.

Some die before they can make the flight, some are too ill to travel.     

As the bagpipes play, the crowd of hundreds is silenced.  

As 21 flags for 21 heroes are laid at the WWII memorial.        

One flag was for Robert Hilton Ledbetter Junior.

He served in the Army Air Force as a mechanic during the war.   

He was supposed to be on this flight, but died in May.  

His wife of 61 years, Clyneice, and son Roger made the trip from Red Bay to Washington.

Clyneice said it was important that she came because, "he would have wanted me to be here."  

Sharon Tyson from Huntsville also made the trip.

She said, "It was an emotional trip for me, Lee.   I came to honor WWII veterans but specifically my dad. I was a daddy's girl."

Holding her daddy's flag was James Andrew Bullock.

"He was in the US Army, landed in Normandy a couple of days after D-day."

Sharon's dad never got to see his memorial.

Sharon said, "It would have been a cherished memory, but I know he's smiling down on me today. I can feel him."

Heroes gone, but never forgotten.     

To learn more about the honor flags and honor flight click here.

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