Monday morning at the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, 75 vets embarked on what may be their final mission as soldiers.
They made their way to the nation’s capital to see the memorial dedicated to them.
“To be honored this way, it’s one of the best gifts you can give to these people, the people that went through the battles and all that,” Dearl Caulk said.
Caulk, 86, served in the Air Force during WWII and the Korean War. He lied about his age when he enlisted, becoming a soldier at 17.
Monday, Caulk made the journey with his son, a Desert Storm veteran.
The trip was made possible through the Central Valley Honor Flight, a non-profit that raised $1,500 per veteran to cover the costs.