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Three Lakes Veteran Traveling to Washington D.C. on Honor FlightSubmitted: 04/10/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

Three Lakes Veteran Traveling to Washington D.C. on Honor Flight
THREE LAKES - In less than two weeks, more than 100 veterans from northern Wisconsin will fly to the nation's capitol. The Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization gives veterans the chance to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. Getting dozens of aging vets onto a flight and around the capitol takes a lot of preparation.

For the vets themselves, the preparation is mostly emotional. Three Lakes veteran Arnold Craig is going along for the journey. It will be his first time in Washington, D.C. in 70 years.

"In some ways I'm looking forward to it and in some ways I'm not...because, I mean, I haven't traveled a lot in the last ten years," says Arnold Craig, World War II Veteran.

At 89 years old, traveling half way across the country takes a lot. But Arnold once traveled much further.

He was drafted at just 18 years old, and served two years during World War II.

"I stayed overseas. I was in with the First Army and then I was in with the Third Army with Patton, that's when I got shot," says Craig.

He lost his left eye in combat. But that didn't stop him from continuing with one of his favorite pastimes...painting.

"I still painted, it's like a computer to me. I got to pick it up and it relaxes me," said Craig.

Arnold still paints every day.

"You got to adjust to what's the best for yourself and just not think about all the bad things and think about all the good things in this world," says Craig.

And Arnold looks forward to another good thing...the Honor Flight.

"I haven't been with a lot of veterans in a long time. And it's going to be quite and experience to see people who were in the same position as I was," says Craig.

The veterans leave April 22nd. They receive thank-you letters on the plane and there's still time for you to write one. You can find out more by visiting the attached link.

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Never Forgotten Honor Flight

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