GRAND CHUTE – At least four veterans from the New London area are to be part of the Old Glory Honor Flight as it returns to Appleton for its fourth mission of 2010 and fifth mission overall.
Dell Otis, Francis Platte, Don Quaintance and Oral Schuelke will be boarding the Mission V flight at the Outagamie County Regional Airport at 6 a.m. next Tuesday, Aug. 31. Eighty-nine World War II veterans along with 73 volunteer guardians will depart for Washington, DC for a day trip of our Nation’s Capital.
Thirteen of the veterans on this trip are over the age of 90 and seven of those are over age 95.
While in Washington, these veterans and their guardians will tour the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. They will take a short bus tour of the city before returning to Appleton for a rousing welcome home ceremony.
The general public is encouraged to attend the 9 p.m. arrival of the veterans at Outagamie County Airport and join in giving these heroes a welcome home they will never forget. The event acknowledges all branches of the service and patriotism runs high.
“With nearly 1,000 World War II veterans passing away every day in this country, time is not on our side,” said Ron Lecker, a spokesman for Old Glory Honor Flight. “Far too many of these veterans were never given the recognition they deserved when they returned home after the war and most never had the chance to see their Memorial in Washington. This is our way of saying thank you to the “Greatest Generation” for preserving our way of life for generations to come.”