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Never Forgotten Honor Flight departs Monday


by Patrick Manning

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Some of our nation's heroes are preparing to take the journey of a lifetime. The second north central Wisconsin "Never Forgotten Honor Flight" which takes World War II veterans to our nations capital lifts off tomorrow.


They call it a journey of a lifetime.Veterans who fought for our country get to visit a monument that gives them gratitude.

"I feel humble, to have such an experience, this is an emotion that's hard to explain," says veteran Wallace Checkalski.


He's making a trip to see a monument that honors him. And gives him thanks for putting his life on the line for our country.

"Pay honor to all the fellows that did not come home, this to me, means so much."


The Never Forgotten Honor flights gives World War II veterans the opportunity to see a site that was built in their honor. Monday morning they will board a chartered flight to our nations capitol.

This gives our heroes a one day trip free of charge and with some assistance of folks who do this because they want to say thanks.

"Well this generation provided us with the opportunity to grow into the county that we have and to be who we are and I think we've been under responded to this generation," says Honor Flight physician Dr. William Nietert.

"Well I think it will bring back a lot of memories to be back with a lot of World War II veterans and this is something we've totally forgotten about," says veteran John Regnier.

With 3 million World War II veterans still alive, but one thousand dying per day, the Honor Flight wants to make this a reality for as many vets as possible, so that the veterans can see the thanks we give, for keeping our nation free.

"It's a feeling of unexplainable gratitude," concludes Checkalski.

For more information on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, click here.

Online Reporter: Patrick Manning

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