To help assist in this endeavor, Honor Flight was born. I learned about it from one of my co-workers who regularly helps out on these trips. In our area, Southwest Airlines will charter a flight solely for this purpose and take the veterans and helpers to and from the city to DC and back in the same day.
To raise money to keep the program going, this partial miniature replica was built. It was built on a trailer, so it can be moved around and used in parades. It is quite impressive on its own.
It is always touching to see how these flights are received when they land at the airport in DC and then again when they come home. I love that the news media continues to show us these flights, because it is very meaningful to the people involved and their families.
If you look closely, you will see the "Kilroy is here" engraving, just like on the real memorial.
If you are interested in seeing the memorial, or helping out with Honor Flights in your part of the U.S., click on the links above for more information.