APPLETON, Wisc. (WBAY) A local organization offering veterans an honor flight to Washington D.C. announces a milestone mission set for this June.
And to mark the event, Old Glory Honor Flight is calling on younger veterans to take part.
Since 2009, more than 3,500 veterans have boarded an Old Glory Honor Flight, making Northeast Wisconsin one of the most successful honor flight hubs in the country.
After a flight next week, June's honor flight will be the organization's 40th.
"To hit the 40th mission milestone, it's kind of mind-boggling for those of us that volunteer to help the organization along and we're just so proud to be there, so we need to celebrate," says Drew MacDonald, Old Glory Honor Flight President.
That celebration will come in the form of a "Generations" Honor Flight on June 7th.
"We are going to be incorporating some of our younger desert vets from Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan in as guardians to come along on that flight and help out their brothers from World War Two, Vietnam and Korea," says MacDonald.
Starting next Monday, April 10th, Old Glory will begin accepting applications from desert vets, and then in early May randomly select 40 to go on the June flight free of charge.
MacDonald expects an emotional day in our nation's capitol.
"The brotherhood among veterans, even spanning generations, it's something to behold, there's just an instant connection," says MacDonald.