89-year old Bill Bromm has many stories from his days in World War II in which he served from 1944 to 1946. Since leaving the military, he and his wife, Tam, continued to travel the world.
"We've been to Alaska, we've been to panama," said Bill Bromm, WWII Veteran.
But Bromm has never visited the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. which opened just nine years ago. Now, thanks to Central Valley Honor Flight, he will.
Reporter: "Do you feel special that they thought of you to do this?"
"Oh yeah, definitely," said Bromm.
Six months ago the community raised $150,000 to send Bill and dozens of other local vets to the nation's capital.
"It's people stepping up giving $10 here and $100 there," said Paul Loeffler, V.P. Of Central Valley Honor Flight.
Vice President Paul Loeffler says his organization has a goal to send all 5,000 of the valley's World War II veterans to this memorial.
"So to see this group of 69 veterans take off tomorrow morning and get to Washington D.C., we're just absolutely thrilled," said Loeffler.
The timing is perfect when you consider a few weeks ago monuments were closed to the public due to the government shutdown.
Tam is not allowed to join Bill on the trip, but she has no hard feelings.
"I'm just glad he's going. I think it's one of the greatest things that could happen to him at this point in his life," said Tam Bromm, Bill's wife.
"I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of people too," said Bill Bromm.
All of the veterans will return to Fresno's Airport on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. A big celebration is planned and everyone in the community is encouraged to come and welcome them home.
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