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17 veterans from Washington County, WI set to depart on upcoming Honor Flight

Washington County, WI – There will be 17 veterans from Washington County on the Saturday, May 21, 2022 Stars and Stripes Honor Flight departs for the nation’s capital. A list of local veterans is posted below.

 

Two Allegiant Airlines A320 aircraft will leave Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport at approximately 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on flight day, bound for Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI) Airport with 161 local veterans (and their guardians) on board.
On that day, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will welcome 6 Korean War veterans, and 155 veterans of the Vietnam War. Veterans taking their Stars and Stripes Honor Flight on May 21 include a Vietnam War Marine with three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a commendation from Richard Nixon, a Navy aviator who served in Vietnam, and a Vietnam Army veteran who served as a special forces medic.

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After the planes land in Baltimore on flight day, the veterans will board coach buses to tour Washington DC’s WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall, and more. The day will also include viewing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Honor Flight changing of the guards

Veterans’ families and friends are encouraged to attend the Homecoming parades at Mitchell Airport that evening, and the two planes are scheduled to land at 8:05 p.m. (alpha) and 9:30 p.m. (bravo). If a federal TSA mandate dictates that masks are required inside Mitchell Airport, all are asked to follow this directive if they are planning to attend the Homecoming. The Kettle Moraine High School Band and the St. Francis High School Dance Team will provide spirit for the Homecoming festivities.
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Prior to the April 23 flight, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has flown 8,118 local veterans on these trips to Washington DC since 2008 and has honored more than 50 veterans locally who were not able to fly. As an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and no offices, the organization is proud to share that $.97 of every donated dollar goes directly to flying and honoring veterans.
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Honor Flight is a national program with more than 130 hubs from coast to coast. The WWII Memorial did not open until 2004, and many of our oldest veterans are unable to visit Washington DC without assistance. Nationally, hubs in the Honor Flight network have taken 250,000 veterans to see their memorials.
Timeline of activities for the Saturday, May 21, 2022 Stars and Stripes Honor Flight:
5:00 a.m. – Veterans and their guardians begin check-in on Mitchell Airport’s main concourse

5:50 a.m. – National Anthem by local a cappella group Vintage Mix Quartet

6:30 a.m. – “Alpha” flight departs for BWI; water cannon salute on runway (weather permitting)

7:30 a.m. – “Bravo” flight departs for BWI; water cannon salute on runway (weather permitting)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 am (ET) – Flights arrive at BWI Marshall Airport, load buses for DC tour

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 pm (ET) – Return to BWI Marshall Airport, load planes for departure back to MKE

8:05 p.m. (CT, approximate) and 9:30 p.m. (CT, approximate) – Return flights land at Mitchell Int’l Airport, veterans deplane for parade through the airport’s main concourse. The Kettle Moraine High School Band and the St. Francis High School Dance Team will provide spirit and entertainment for the Homecoming parades. Masks will be required for everyone in attendance if a federal mandate is in effect.

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