To the editor:
I and my family would like to send a huge thank you on behalf of our father, Arnold V. Laitinen. He was a Private First Class, 102 Infantry Division in World War II.
He was invited along with other local veterans to go to Washington D.C. April 26 to see the World War II Memorial and other sites by the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight of Gladstone.
The Honor Flight to and from D.C. was out of the Delta County Airport.
Barb Van Rooy was the head of this Mission II flight. She and all of her other volunteers put on a wonderful two-day event. They had everything organized down to a T.
From what I understand, there is going to be another Honor Flight this coming September. All moneys collected for these flights are from donations. So if anyone would like to send a donation they can contact Barb Van Rooy at (906) 280-1471, or send a donation to Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula, 2500 7th. Avenue South, Suite 103, Escanaba, MI, 49829.
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From what I was told, the cost of this flight was $85,000.
My family would also like to thank Paula Waeghe, an Honor Flight volunteer from Gladstone, Bud Sargent and Renee Prusi from The Mining Journal, Craig Woerpel from Radio Station WDBC-WYKX and Dan Gualdoni from Channel 10 of Marquette.
So if you know or see a veteran of any age, thank them, and for World War II veterans, please let them know of the Honor Flight this September and to contact Barb Van Rooy for information.