Saturday's Honor Flight sends 220 WWII vets to D.C. memorial

CREATED Nov 2, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Two planes have been scheduled to leave Saturday from Milwaukee with very precious cargo.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight was set to escort 220 local World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, DC. 

The missions have always been called "Operation Resolve" as the group tried to get vets to Washington before it was too late.

This weekend, the wait list will be emptied as every veteran from Southeastern Wisconsin who has joined the Honor Flight list will get their wish.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Chairman Joe Dean says it's hard to believe.

"There was a point on this journey when our wait list was growing exponentially, and we didn't know if we could ever keep up with it," Dean told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.

The vets will arrive back in Milwaukee at 8:30 tomorrow night and everyone is welcome to take part in the homecoming party at the airport.