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Veterans board 32nd Never Forgotten Honor FlightSubmitted: 05/21/2018
MOSINEE - One-hundred veterans wearing bright yellow shirts filled the terminal at Central Wisconsin Airport on Monday morning.

The 32nd Never Forgotten Honor Flight took off for Washington, D.C. around 6:30 a.m.  Veterans from Park Falls, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids and many places in between will go to see their memorials during the day-long trip.

Veteran Chuck Strek has been volunteering since the Honor Flights started eight years ago.

"These are all friends of mine, even though I have no idea who they are or where they're from, these are all my friends and my brothers and sisters and we all served together, so it's like, this is just a great homecoming," Strek said.

The veterans, who served during World War II and Vietnam, will make stops at the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War memorials in addition to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Organizers hope you'll come to Central Wisconsin Airport Monday night to welcome them home.

"When they turn the corner and they see one thousand people sitting here and standing and hollering and noise and that, it's their homecoming," Strek said.

The flight lands around 10 p.m., but the welcome crew should get there around 8:30 p.m. There's free parking for anyone who wants to greet the veterans.

With this flight, the Never Forgotten Honor Flight will have flown more than 2,900 veterans since April 2010.

Newswatch 12's Marisa Silvas contributed to this report.


Story By: Lane Kimble

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