Mosinee, Wis. (WSAW)-- Nearly 100 veterans take the Never Forgotten Honor Flight Monday filled with nerves and excitement for their trip to Washington D.C.
Monday marks the 23rd Never Forgotten Honor Flight, now allowing for 2,098 veterans that have taken the trip of a lifetime. Ninety-four veterans including, 16 WWII, 39 Korean War, 39 Vietnam veterans from the central and north central Wisconsin area will visit several memorials. With the veterans, 64 guardians will travel with them. Many of them shared that this flight shows appreciation of their years of service, and allows them to find closure.
"Going on this flight today will be the final puzzle piece to my military career," said Army Veteran, Gregory Reed. "I can finally say goodbye to my military brothers.
Ten years ago, Army Veteran, Gregory Reed tried visiting a memorial in Washington D.C. but found it too hard. This time around, he has faith it will bring him joy.
"I'm sure it's going to bring tears to my eyes, but they're going to be happy tears and something that I'll never forget," Reed said.
Veterans will visit the Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln, 9-11, and FDR memorials throughout the day. They'll also see the Arlington National Cemetery.
The veterans and guardians will return to the airport tonight, greeted and cheered on by the community. The public is invited to attend the welcome home ceremony. It's suggested you arrived 8 p.m.