Monday marks the return of Honor Flights at MSP International Airport

Early Monday morning, a group of Twin Cities area veterans left Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on a flight to Washington, D.C.

The trip is part of the Honor Flight tradition, which involves nonprofits taking military veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials of the wars they’ve fought in.

About 190 people are participating in Monday’s Honor Flight, the first one in the Twin Cities since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“This is a small thing we can do for them to honor them for what they’ve done and their battle buddies who never did make it home,” said Jerry Kyser, Commander of Monday’s Honor Flight.

The veterans are scheduled to return home from Washington, D.C. around 10 p.m. Monday.

The Twin Cities is one of 28 Honor Flight hubs around the country, which altogether have served nearly 250,000 veterans.