Veterans honored with ‘dream flight’ in Boca Raton

A nonprofit honoring veterans by taking them on flights to the skies wraps up its nationwide tour of South Florida.

The sky was the limit for seven veterans in Boca Raton on Wednesday. One by one, they buckled up and took off in a WWII plane.

“It’s exciting to get on a plane. Am I apprehensive? A little, but not a lot,” said Herbert Friedman, a WWII veteran.

Friedman was 17 when he enlisted and served as a medic. Now 90 years old, he made his first flight in an open cockpit aircraft.

“He certainly seemed to be enjoying it. He was looking everywhere. He loved the beach. He immediately found the facility he lives in and started giving me directions,” said Andrew Lohmar of the association. non-profit Dream Flights.

The organization hosted the flights for free, just to thank the veterans for their service.

“These people gave the best of all of our generations to defend our freedom and democracy and I would certainly live in a very different world without them,” Lohmar said.

So far, the association has honored over 700 veterans across the country with a dream flight

The tour will end its final flight Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport as they work to honor hundreds of other veterans and give them a moment some didn’t think they would relive.

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