Honor Flight

All-Wisconsin Day on Saturday; vet and Milwaukee news anchor joins flight

CREATED Oct 7, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The 11th Honor Flight takes off from Milwaukee on Saturday to take 225 local World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington D.C.

About 450 local vets are part of the first-ever All-Wisconsin Day.

"There's going to be over 400 WWII veterans from all across Wisconsin.  Our Appleton team and our Madison team will be joining us, and we'll all be meeting up at the WWII memorial," said Joe Dean of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

"We have never done an all-Wisconsin day, but we're looking forward to putting together our teams."

Veteran and former Milwaukee radio and television news anchor Carl Zimmerman will join the flight, and he says he's ready to relive his time overseas.

He spotted some radio operators while in the Army, and it peaked his interest.

"I said, 'Boy, I'd like to do that.' "

He knew German and used it in his radio work during the war.

"They said, 'What we're going to do now is have a unit, and when we take it into town in Germany, we get on their frequency immediately so we can talk to the people.'  They said, 'We want to send you with that.' "

But to Zimmerman, there was not enough excitement in that role.

"I became a war correspondent for the Army, front line stuff, and it was the most exciting thing I ever did.' "

People who want to show their support for our WWII can meet their return home at Mitchell International Airport on Saturday.

The flight arrives at 8:30 p.m.  Due to construction in the Mitchell Interchange, people may need to find an alternate route.

Click here for more information on Mitchell Interchange construction and detours.