WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Veterans from around central Wisconsin get ready for their Honor Flight this morning in Wausau.
Ninety-one vets will be flying out from Central Wisconsin Airport this morning for a day long trip to Washington DC. Never Forgotten Honor Flight president Mike Thompson says this month's trip is ready to go with a full plane. "35 World War 2 vets, 55 Korean Vets, and 3 Vietnam Vets. The Vietnam vets are unfortunately on Their Last Chance and are terminal cases. Anyone like that moves immediately to the head of the list."
The flight leaves this morning at 7am and will be home to Wausau around 9:30 with a massive ceremony. "Generally speaking, we generally see a large crowd at the airport, and we encourage anyone and everyone to come on out and welcome home our heroes." Thompson says that moment is the one that many vets that make the trip remember most.
In addition to the vets, 60 guardians will be on the flight to make sure the veterans are taken care of as they tour the nation's capital and see the memorials.
If you have a loved one who served in the military in World War II or Korea, Thompson says you should get them signed up for the flight. He says the most common statement against going they hear from vets is that they didn't serve on the front lines. "The fact of the matter is that for every combatant there are 10 or 11 support people. There's an awful lot of people that support those combatants that are essential." He says there is no veteran who served who does not deserve that trip to Washington.
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