LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Kentuckiana volunteers are trying to identify local World War II veterans for a special honor.

The organization Honor Flight Bluegrass wants to send a flight made up of all World War II vets to Washington D.C. coinciding with D-Day next June 6.

Honor Flight Bluegrass flies veterans to Washington to visit the memorials and then brings them back home to a heroes' welcome.

Next year is the group's 10th anniversary.

Out of 16 million who served in World War II, it's estimated there are only about 500,000 left, all of them now in their nineties.

Kentucky Veterans Affairs Deputy Commissioner Heather French Henry says the announcement puts a celebratory note on a day that's typically a somber one.

“Today is about celebration. Not only honoring the memory of those who never came home, who will never get to do an honor flight, so to honor them in a way that's a little more celebratory, where we can take those who are living and we can take their memories and take their stories and really honor their comrades,” Henry said. “And I think that's what's so beautiful about the partnership and doing this on a day like Pearl Harbor Day.”

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