By now, most everyone in the region has heard about Old Glory Honor Flight and its mission: to ensure that every World War II veteran gets the opportunity to see the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.
To date, we have flown 11 missions to Washington, D.C., and transported nearly 1,000 WWII veterans to see their memorial. And while we have experienced almost unprecedented success, we know that there are still many WWII vets who have never signed up with us.
So we are asking the community for help. If you are a veteran of World War II, or if you know one, who has not visited the WWII Memorial in the nation’s capital, call us. We will send out an application to the veteran. There is no cost to the veteran. The trip to Washington, D.C., is completely free. It is our way of saying thank you.
There may be reasons some veterans have not signed up. Some may say, “The wait list is too long.” While it is true that in the past our wait list was very lengthy, that is no longer the case. The generosity of the community and the hard work of the Old Glory Honor Flight team has taken care of that. If a WWII veteran were to submit an application today, he may very well be flying this fall.
Other vets may say, “But I did not do anything heroic.” To that we reply that the veteran did not have the ability to dictate where the military would send them and what duties they would be assigned. The fact is that they answered the call of duty and stood ready, willing and able to do whatever was asked of them. For that they have earned our undying respect, admiration and gratitude.
Let us work together to ensure that every WWII veteran in northeastern Wisconsin has the opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington.
For more information about this program, visit www.oldgloryhonorflight.org, or call us toll free at 888-635-9838.