Korean veteran heads to DC on Honor Flight

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Roy Lettieri served our country during the Korean War and today he left for his first ever visit to the monuments in the nation’s capital.

Tomorrow starting at 6:00 a.m. Lettieri and other Korean War veterans will tour a number of historic sites, everything from the Navy Memorial and Air Force Monument to the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Lettieri is most looking forward to the Korean War Memorial because he’s never had a chance to see it.

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“Well I’ve seen pictures of it, but we have not been to DC to see it. And of course I want to see the Iwo Jima, the rising of the flag on Suribachi because I was a Marine,” said Lettieri.

The former Camp Lejuene Marine said the Honor Flight agency is known for taking WWII veterans to the capital, but as those vets get older, they are now reaching out to veterans of other wars, like the Korean War.