Honor Flight

Two Honor Flights, big homecoming in Milwaukee set for Saturday

CREATED May 31, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The 14th series of Honor Flights from Southeastern Wisconsin has been scheduled for Saturday.

Two planes will send 224 World War II veterans to their memorial in Washington D.C. on Saturday, then return to Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport for a big homecoming celebration.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is sending their 2,000th veteran on an Honor Flight.

Stars and Stripes Chairman Joe Dean told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker he hopes for a huge turnout for the veterans' homecoming.

"We'll be returning to the airport at about 8:30 p.m.," said Dean, though people are encouraged to arrive early.

"The documentary crew will be filming the final scene of the spectacular movie 'Honor Flight' during this homecoming.  We're encouraging people to bring signs and balloons, and mostly, we want family and friends to be there to thank these veterans."

Culver's has helped to sponsor the trip on Saturday.

The homecoming event was to include salutes from 130 sailors who come from the Great Lakes Naval Base, a bagpipe band, the Greater Milwaukee Fire and Police Pipes and Drums, the Kettle Moraine High School Band and Grafton High School's cheerleaders.