- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A group that offers older veterans free flights to the nation’s capital to see war memorials said that its first all-female trip was organized with help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

More than 140 people were on the roster for Tuesday’s Honor Flight daytrip to Washington D.C. from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, WCPO-TV (https://bit.ly/1V7ahcR ) reported.

The national non-profit has worked since 2005 to transport military veterans to their respective war memorials in D.C. No local flight has ever included more than five women at a time.

Honor Flight’s regional director, Cheryl Popp, said the organization long wanted to arrange an all-female flight but had difficulty tracking down participants. She said a VA office helped by mailing information.

“We invited 600 women, and we had 250 applications for 140 seats on the airplane. These women went through a lot, but they have wonderful stories,” Popp said.

Ninety-one-year-old participant Dorothy Kist said she was a Navy radio operator during World War II and hoped to see the memorial for military women at Arlington National Cemetery.

“I’ve wanted to see the women’s memorial ever since it was built,” Kist said.

The group will be making stops at the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and other sites. The women will be paired with guardians who are more recent service members, ranging in age from 28 to 96.

If the flight is a success, Popp said it could be replicated at other Honor Flight hubs across the city.

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