This is an awesome program honoring our veterans from the Greatest Generation.
A flight for nearly 80 World War II veterans from Northeast Wisconsin will depart the EAA grounds Thursday morning for the nation’s capitol, where the veterans will visit memorials raised in their honor.
The Old Glory Honor Flight Network gives the veterans the opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Air Force Memorial and the Vietnam Wall. (Source: Fox 11)
The veterans will then return this evening.
The return ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at the end of the evening air show in front of an estimated crowd of 20,000, would be the largest return ceremony in Honor Flight history.
“Old Glory Honor Flight would like to express our deepest gratitude to the organizers of EAA and American Airlines for joining together in our salute to World War II veterans. We are all looking forward to the tremendous homecoming these men and women have earned and many never received. It is the least we can do for our greatest generation,” said Ron Lecker, a spokesman for Old Glory Honor Flight.
“Adding the Old Glory Honor Flight to AirVenture is a natural fit with this year’s ‘Salute to Veterans’ theme,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. “We are honored to partner with American Airlines and the Honor Flight Network, giving these heroes the opportunity to see the sites dedicated to their service and allowing them to receive the recognition they deserve.”
“All of us at American Airlines are excited to be a part of this year’s EAA AirVenture, and especially to have the opportunity to fly some of our nation’s greatest treasures—World War II veterans—to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.,” said Captain Steve Blankenship, Managing Director—Veterans Initiatives for American Airlines. “American has a long history of supporting our troops, veterans and their families. It is an honor to serve the members of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who have given so much for this country.” (Source: Old Glory Honor Flight)
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