Each year, Honor Flight Chicago helps send hundreds of Chicago area World War II veterans to see the memorial built in their honor in the nation's capitol.
This year, the organization is including veterans of the Korean War. An estimated 35,000 of them live in Chicago area.
On Wednesday, they gathered to celebrate the occasion.
About 1,200 Korean War veterans have already filed applications to go to Washington.
Honor Flight plans seven trips to the nation's capital this year, beginning in April.