WAUTOMA, Wis. (WBAY) - The Old Glory Honor Flight will make its 40th trip to Washington D.C. next week. Three thousand five hundred veterans have already had the opportunity to travel to the nation's capitol to see the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice, but 500 veterans are still waiting to take the trip.
The Waushara County World War II Memorial was the perfect backdrop for an event that honors veterans while also hoping to raise money to pay for their trips on the Old Glory Honor Flight.
Larry Shallue is taking the trip to D.C. next week. He says, "I only waited three and a half years. I've seen film clips of it and stories and it's well worth it."
Military mom, Ann Steberl, saw how her son was welcomed home from the service so she was inspired to do the same for others. Putting on a fundraiser for the Old Glory Honor Flight while bringing veterans together seemed like the perfect thing to do.
According to Steberl, "I thought, our veterans, past veterans didn't get that and I've talked to many, so I thought let's do something nice for them to thank them because it's never too late."
With the support of her employer, Bug Tussel Wireless, the Wautoma event was simply a way to show that appreciation. The 21 gun salute, the playing of taps, and a balloon release capped off a day that was all about veterans who gave so much to so many.
"All of the things they put their lives on hold for, for us to be able to live our daily lives and to go about our daily business - sometimes even take them for granted. These are the folks that have been there for us for the last 50, 60 years we really need to make sure we honor them as much as they can," added State Rep. Scott Krug, a Republican from Nekoosa.