Honor Flight creates special day for 75 vets

ESCANABA — The latest U.P. Honor Flight trip took place Wednesday, as seventy-five veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War enjoyed a special day in Washington D.C. When they returned to the Delta County Airport after a long day of sightseeing, some of those veterans, as well as their families, were moved to tears.

That’s because the veterans received a hero’s welcome then they landed and exited the plane. Some families made ‘Welcome Home’ signs, some waved American flags and everyone cheered.

We talked with several veterans who made the trip. They said their experience visiting our nation’s capital was wonderful and seeing their family and friends at the airport was the perfect way to end a very special day.

“51 years ago, I left this very airport when I went overseas and left my wife here,” said veteran Russel Hardwick. “When I got home, it was my wife, my mother and dad and now look – it’s amazing.”

“This is unbelievable,” said veteran Dennis Hahn. “I appreciate everything from all of you.”

“It’s a big difference from 1970, let’s put it that way,” said veteran David Ponchaud.

This was the thirteenth trip for the U.P. Honor Flight organization.