"Flight of Champions" Honor Flight leaves Thursday morning

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - More than 70 area veterans from World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War will have a whirlwind day on Thursday.

They're taking the first Old Glory Honor Flight "Flight of Champions" out of Austin Straubel International Airport.

The group visits the nation's capital, where they'll tour unique and moving war memorials.

Old Glory Honor Flight is partnering with Brown County and the Green Bay Packers for this special Honor Flight commemorating the county's 200th anniversary and the Packers' 100th season.

Honor Flights are provided free of charge to the veterans.

It's hoped 2,000 people will come to the airport Thursday night for their homecoming.

"It's time for Brown County to show what they've got to offer. Come on out and show these veterans how important it is. You know, we enjoy the freedom that we do because they did what they did back in the 40s, 50s and 60s," Old Glory Honor Flight present Drew MacDonald said.

The flight leaves Austin Straubel at 6:30 Thursday morning. The flight is expected to return around 8:30 p.m.

The airport parking lot will open at 7:30 p.m. with free parking for the welcome home celebration. If the lot fills up, more parking will be provided across the street next to the Radisson Hotel with free shuttles to the airport.