The next segment of the U.P. Honor Flight is set to take off for our nation's capital on May 14. Mission VI, as the name implies, is the sixth flight in the series that began a few years ago.
For those unfamiliar with the Honor Flights, the five so far have taken World War II veterans from the Upper Peninsula to the WWII Memorial in Washington. The one-day mission is offered at no cost to the vets themselves with many accompanied by medical or other caregivers.
The program has been and continues to be a fitting tribute to those who gave so much. The remaining flights in 2014, in addition to May's flight, Mission VII is scheduled for Sept. 4, will include veterans of the Korean Conflict in addition to the WWII vets.
Thus far more than 400 World War II vets from the U.P. have made the D.C. trip thanks to U.P. Honor Flight. A special "Honorary" Honor Flight was held recently in Marquette for veterans unable to participate in Honor Flights due to health reasons.
The event, held at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, brought the memorial to the veterans through a video presentation and patriotic music.
The vets were given, shirts, hats and other memorabilia similar to what vets who make the flight receive.
As mentioned, the flights are offered free to the vets and their caregivers, and as such fundraising is vital to keep this important program functioning.
We strongly urge the public to turn out and support today's fundraiser for the Honor Flight.
Beginning at 2 p.m. today until 11:30 p.m. the fundraiser will be held at the American Legion, Post 90, otherwise known as Lakes Lounge in Lake Linden.
There will be a video presentation, a silent auction and more. Music by Wayward Sons will start up at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 and proceeds will benefit the U.P. Honor Flight program.
It promises to be a good time for a very good cause.