2014-04-03 / Lifestyles

Vets get ‘honorary’ Honor Flight

MARQUETTE – The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight held an “honorary” Honor Flight for over 70 World War II veterans at the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. The program consisted of videos of the UP Honor Flights first mission in September 2011 and patriotic music from a USO style show in Escanaba which benefitted the Honor Flight. The vets received a tee-shirt, cap, a book about the WWII Memorial, and certificate of appreciation. Veterans also received a “Mail Call” with thank you cards and pictures from school children and Cub Scouts.

State Sen. Tom Casperson presented a resolution from the Upper Peninsula legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder.

“It’s wonderful,” Casperson said of the event. “These are the guys who couldn’t make it to Washington and it’s wonderful they are being honored like this.”

For UP Honor Flight organizer Barb Van Rooy, this special version of the flight was touching.

“I am humbled to be in the presence of so many World War II veterans,” she said. “They are heroes.”

The next flight for the UP Honor Flight will be May 14 and will include about 65 Korean-era veterans among the 80 veterans. There will be a September flight and an October flight, if warranted.

For more informatio visit www.upperpeninsulahonorflight.org.

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