Sixty-two Michigan veterans got the chance to visit the World War II Memorial when the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight flew them to Washington, D.C. on June 2.
It was the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight’s third flight to Washington in what marks the tenth year of the free trip in Michigan. It allowed some of the state’s 660,000 veterans to visit the monument that honors them, a trip that otherwise may not have been possible.
“This is a way for these gentlemen to get a hug back from America. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for what they did. So, I couldn’t find a better way to thank them,” Mid-Michigan Honor Flight hub director Patricia Donegan said in a statement.
The veterans traveled with their guardians, who paid $500 to sponsor the flight. Some of them stayed at the Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, for dinner and entertainment the night before the trip.
They were greeted by several members of Congress and current servicemen upon arriving in Washington, D.C.
The Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, run entirely by volunteers, is hoping to host a second flight later this year despite being underfunded.
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