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Veterans return home from Washington on Honor Flight


MOSINEE, Wis. (WSAU) -- Eighty eight veterans are home safely today after their Honor Flight to Washington on Monday.

Several hundred people turned out to welcome home the vets from their trip to the memorials, and Sara Johnson from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight board of directors says this is a welcome home that many of the veterans did not get the first time around. "Many of them, there was no one to greet them when they got off the train, no welcome home, and some I believe were told 'don't wear your uniform, and don't say anything', that sort of thing. And so this is special, and this means a lot to them. And we owe them a big debt of gratitude."

But it wasn't just the vets getting the day on holiday. Spouses of the vets spent the day getting pampered as well, including a day trip to the Woodson Art Museum and more. Johnson says they want to make the day very special for everyone involved. "We try to make everything look very seamless to the vets and the spouses. It's all about them, they want them to have a great time. And they're so appreciative, and we actually get more out of it sometimes than they do."

Anyone who has served during wartime is eligible for the flights regardless of combat or noncombat status, and Johnson says no one should ever feel ashamed to be signed up for the flight. "Anybody that gave of their time and did whatever job the government asked them to do or told them to do deserves this flight."

The next flight is scheduled for September.