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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ina small town, sending veterans to Washington is a big deal.

So five days after hosting a big fundraiser for the trip, everyone at the Vinalhaven school tuned up to cheeron a group of vetransasthey left.

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The trip happened because of the town's new physician's assistant, Earl Morse. He started Honor Flight nine years ago in Ohio.

Morse began recruiting volunteer pilots and planes to take World War Two veterans to the National World War Two Memorial in Washington.

And this may just be the firsttrip of many. Earl Morse and the owner of Penobscot Island Air are already planning a bigger trip this summer.

They're hoping to recruit more pilots to bring in dozens of veterans from around the state, and charter a big plane to take them all to Washington.

For now, four veterans have gotten their message of thanks, and will be more than happy for other veterans to share it.

To learn more about Honor Flight and how you can donate, head here.

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