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WWII vets return from D.C. memorial

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Local law enforcement honored World War II veterans after their trip to Washington D.C. and a visit to the World War II Memorial there.

More than 50 veterans arrived at PDX on Sunday after taking part in the "honor flight" visits to the nation's capital.  

Honor flights honor veterans by flying them free of charge to D.C. to view war memorials.

The WWII memorial was finished just five years ago. 

World War II Navy Veteran Ted Georgioff said the trip was fantastic.  

"It was humbling experience," he said." (A) real humbling experience."

It's estimated only 1.7 million of the 16 million WWII veterans are still alive.  

Several organizations across the U.S. gather donations to allow veterans to take these special flights.  World War II veterans have priority over younger veterans of more recent wars.          

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