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A group of 90 local veterans, their friends and families are in route to Washington, DC this afternoon.
They left Batavia is two buses early this morning on Patriot Trip 3, an excursion organized by State Assemblyman Steve Hawley.
For many of the vets, it is the first time they have seen the monuments and memorials in the nation’s capitol dedicated to their military service.
Hawley, speaking to WBTA from the road, said the trip is an emotional experience:

"There is camaraderie and a feeling of patriotism that has built up and a wanting to do something for their country. I can tell you that last night before I left on the trip, I had a wonderful conversation with my father. He told me things about his military service that he had never told me before.
At our first rest stop I spoke to a veteran who had served in Korea and on at least three occasions he became so emotional tears welled up in his eyes and streamed down his face. It’s all about serving together. This overwhelms me at times."

The group returns to Batavia on Sunday.

Photo Courtesy, "The Batavian" More pictures Here

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