44th Old Glory Honor Flight lands in Appleton

Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 10:31 PM CDT
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Another group of veterans from Northeast Wisconsin returns Wednesday night from a trip to the nation's capitol, on board an Old Glory Honor Flight.

The trip comes as the organization marks it's ten year anniversary.

The plane landed around 9 p.m. with 101 veterans on board. That's about 20 more than normal.

For many, it was their very first trip to Washington D.C.

A huge crowd gathered inside the terminal to welcome them home.

Many waved American flags and displayed signs expressing gratitude.

Those who went spent the day touring the monuments and memorials. They left the Appleton Airport Wednesday morning for a trip that lasted just a day.

Hank Akerboom of Green Bay said, "They did a beautiful job, and it brought back a lot of memories."

Mike Wichman of Appleton was also on the flight. He added, "It meant so much because I was in during the early 60's. You come home on leave you had to be ashamed to wear your uniform. Here you get off the plane and there were complete strangers lined up to just congratulate, congratulate, congratulate."

This was the 44th flight for the organization.

The next one is scheduled for May.