85 UP veterans to be honored with flight to D.C.

ESCANABA — A select number of veterans are set to go on a memorable trip, courtesy of one organization and the generosity of the UP.

The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight is gearing up for a 17th flight to our nation’s capitol, where local veterans can be honored alongside their comrades.

“It’s so different doing it with your peers, versus doing it with your family,” said Paula Waeghe, board member of UP Honor Flight. “Also they’re with a guardian; someone to share it with, someone to take those pictures. It’s just heartwarming. A lot of these veterans tell us how awesome it is. They can’t believe the amount of work we put in, and how smoothly it goes. We’re very proud of the Upper Peninsula for all of the donations we have received.”

For this trip, three World War II veterans, 13 Korean War veterans, and 69 Vietnam War veterans will be seeing memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C.

The two–day adventure kicked off earlier tonight with a banquet in the veteran’s honor, where each branch of the military was recognized.

Upon return to the UP, the veterans will be greeted by a crowd of people, welcoming them back home.

For more information on how to volunteer or register for future flights, visit their website here.