- Associated Press - Sunday, May 4, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More than 80 elderly Arkansas veterans who served in one of history’s deadliest global conflicts have visited the National World War II Memorial.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1jsWtoc ) that Saturday’s was the last group of Arkansans scheduled for Honor Flights to see the monument.

In the past five years, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tysons Foods have organized 11 Honor Flights, flying more than 900 Arkansans to Washington to see the memorial.

But Bill McKenzie, director of the state’s Honor Flight hub., says the state’s number of World War II veterans has declined so much, and so many of those still alive have already made the trip, that the Arkansas flights are being discontinued.

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department estimated in September 2013 that Arkansas has 12,333 World War II veterans.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com