PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Sixty five south Florida World War II veterans - all survivors of D-Day - are taking flight together as the world reflects on that monumental day seventy years later.
The unprecedented three-day Honor Flight journey takes off from Palm Beach International Airport on Thursday morning.
On June 6, 1944, Americans storm the beaches of Normandy. Too many died there and too few survived.
"Almost all of my friends have passed away and I constantly think of them," said U.S. Army Veteran Philip Shorr and sixty four other surviving D-Day military men from south Florida are about to take a flight - an Honor Flight. They will journey to Washington, D.C, to reflect at the memorials built in their honor. The group will also travel to Bedford, Virginia to the national D-Day Memorial - together again - seven decades later.
"People come to mind; names, faces," said Shorr. "I can't remember what movie I saw last night but I remember what I saw seventy years ago," he said.
Photographs and memories fade, said U.S. Army veteran Arthur Ross. He hopes this Honor Flight can help remind him of those moments that have slipped away over time. "Actually, I want it to bring back memories of things maybe I forgot about," he said. "And maybe I'll find somebody there that I knew."
"Even though I haven't seen them - or maybe I don't even know them - that they feel like a friend right away," said Shorr. "You just feel close to them."
The Honor Flight returns to PBIA Saturday evening. The public is invited to welcome these D-Day veterans back home at about 8:15 p.m.