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Cherokee Nation sends WWII veterans on VIP trip

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TULSA, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation is flying seven Cherokee World War II veterans to Washington to tour memorial sites.

Several Nation members who served their country got the VIP treatment Tuesday morning.

According to KJRH, seven World War II veterans spent the night at the Hard Rock Hotel before embarking on the VIP trip.

This is the first time the Cherokee Nation put together this trip and they hope it is not the last.

“We like many are realizing our WWII vets, we’re losing some of them,” said Stanley Crittenden, Cherokee Nation deputy principal chief.  “There’s not a whole lot of them left, and we thought, we hear the state doing the honor flight and we thought why not us.”

The group traveling this week will visit the World War II Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, and other sites in Washington.

The tribe says more than 4,000 members are military veterans.