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Local Veterans Making Trip to Washington D.C. Thursday

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Lynchburg, VA - Local veterans, their wives, and volunteers are in Washington D.C. Thursday thanks to lots of community donations.

We were there when three buses left Lynchburg, headed to our nation's capital. This is the 5th annual trip to see the sites there, all hosted by the Exchange Club of Lynchburg.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals made donations to make the trip possible for more than 150 people.

"I'd probably like to see the World War 2 Memorial, for the most part,” said Air Force Veteran Reggie Akers.

"Vietnam Memorial, World War 2, Korean, and I think we are going to the Marine museum, maybe," said former National Guard member Robert Kirkwood.

"This year they tried to get different people, instead of repeats because World War 2 vets are dying out,” said trip volunteer Mike Gaydas.

"What I hear a lot of is they've never been, they really don't have opportunities to go and a lot of them are afraid of traffic in the DC area,” said trip coordinator Eugene Wingfield.

The veterans will visit the war memorials, along with a tour of Arlington Cemetery, and then return to Lynchburg late Thursday night.

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