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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dozens of American Heroes will fly to the nation's capital Friday to see the World War II memorial.

It's been roughly 60 years since former infantryman Pete Peters fought on the front lines in Europe and North Africa. He still has a German pistol to prove it.

 "I feel a lot closer to the group and to the meaning of the memorial," Peters said. 

This is the first time Peters will visit D.C. for pleasure. Same for the nine veterans getting ready to leave and 87 war vets total who will represent southwest Georgia.

They'll take off Friday morning for D.C. where they'll visit the WWII, Vietnam, Korean, Marine Corps memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.

Heroism earned Peters two purple hearts after suffering wounds from a gun shot and bomb explosion. Kathleen Moylan cares for these men as much as her own father-a vet who passed away. She started the Albany Chapter of Honor Flight through Kiwanis club.

"Some of these gentlemen are like uncles to me," Moylan said. "They are very very special."

Patriots agree war vets like Peters and these heroes served in one of most defining events of the 20th century. The veterans will spend the whole day Friday visiting monuments in D.C. They will return Friday night.

16 million troops served in the armed forces in World War II. More than 400,000 Americans died. The World War II memorial on the National Mall was completed in 2004.

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