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World War II veterans in Pueblo prepare for Honor Flight trip

World War II veterans prepare for Honor Flight trip

PUEBLO, Colo. - Three World War II veterans living in Pueblo are about to experience the journey of a lifetime. 

Arthur Urbina, 86, Carl Califano, 92, and Clifford Hibpshman, 94, are heading to Washington D.C. this week to visit the World War II Memorial.

"World War II veterans, there's not too many of them left. Most of them died if they're in their nineties, Califano said.

Califano's daughter, Katherine Brown, will be going with her dad to Washington D.C. She describes her father as a selfless man, who served three years in the war.

"I think he is really going to be overwhelmed. Right now, I don't think he has any idea what he's headed for," Brown said. "I think it's going to be very emotional for him. I really do."

Friends and family gathered at Wynwood Pueblo Sunday afternoon for a sendoff ceremony. Thanks to Wish of a Lifetime and the Honor Flight Network, Urbina, Califano and Hibpshman will have an opportunity to see the World War II Memorial alongside other veterans. 

"I thought by seeing it in person and going with other World War II veterans that it would make me much stronger than I had been before," Urbina said.

Hibpshman said, "It's the ultimate, I guess, in serving your country."

"Well, I've never been there before. All my travel, never been to Washington," Califano said. "Maybe I might get to see the president. You don't know."

The memorial was designed to honor the sacrifices made by World War II veterans and their families. In 2005, the Honor Flight Network began paying for veterans and their loved ones to fly to D.C. to see the memorial.

"To be able to share it, I can't even imagine what the emotions will be like," Brown said. 

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