Raw Video: 10th Honor Flight Goes to DC

CREATED May 14, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - A group of about 125 local veterans took off from Mitchell International Airport Saturday morning for the 10th Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

World War Two veterans and another 125 guardians and medical staff left General Mitchell Airport at 7a.m.  The day-long trip to the nation's capital includes a visit to the World War II Memorial.  Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker is with the group, and providing reports all day.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the "Homecoming Celebration" in the airport's main terminal tonight (Saturday 5/14) at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is the subject of a documentary produced by Free Think Media. The trailer, released three weeks ago, passed 1.5 million views through its Facebook Causes website today. The full-length movie will be released in November.

Honor Flight is a national program with 104 hubs in 34 states which offers these trips free of charge to World War Two veterans. The WWII Memorial did not open until 2004, and many veterans are unable to visit it without assistance.  According to the VA, 1,000 World War Two veterans die every day in the U.S.