U.P. Honor Flight Trip

Nearly 80 area World War II veterans may be a bit tired after having a Thursday to remember.

They were part of a U.P. Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC.

They all flew first thing this morning from the Delta County Airport in Escanaba to Baltimore.

Then they took buses to the nation’s capital.

The Honor Flight spent the morning at the National World War II Memorial, and it was a moving experience.

Bob McCauslin, a Marine Corps veteran from Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, says he had no idea the memorial is as huge as it is.

He says taking all of it in required a great deal of walking, but it was well worth it.

This afternoon, they visited the Iwo Jima, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

Congressman Dan Benishek also showed up to give them a Washington welcome.

He says he already had known some of them, and it was great to see them again.

Benishek says because the ranks of living World War II veterans are thinning quickly, he felt it was a privilege to thank local veterans for their service while they’re still with us.

The U.P. Honor Flight will return to the Delta County Airport at 9:30 tonight.

There will be a community welcome ceremony for them once they land.

ABC 10 reporter Dan Gualdoni is along on the flight.

He’ll have more about the trip tonight at 11 and again tomorrow at 5:30.

Posted by: Mike Hoey