Wisconsin veterans and former Packers embark on Flight of Champions

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 9:33 AM CDT
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Wisconsin veterans of three wars are in Washington D.C. Thursday on a tour of the memorials honoring their service.

The Flight of Champions Old Glory Honor flight embarked Thursday morning at 6:30. It's the first Old Glory Honor Flight to leave from Austin Straubel International Airport.

More than 70 veterans are on the flight. They served in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War. The flights are free of charge to the vets.

"It's something we never got before when we came home. We were treated badly. I'm glad to see everyone is welcoming," said Marvin Taylor, a Vietnam vet from Sturgeon Bay.

Old Glory Honor Flight teamed up with the Green Bay Packers and Brown County to make this experience possible. It also celebrates the Packers' 100th season and Brown County's 200th anniversary.

Former Packers Mark Tauscher, Lynn Dickey and Paul Coffman are on the trip with the vets.

Watch the videos attached to this story to hear from the Packers, a Vietnam vet and the organizer of the Honor Flight.

"I want to thank everybody for making this Honor Flight. I really appreciate everything that everyone has done," Taylor says.

If you missed the send off, you can welcome the veterans home. The vets are expected to land at 8:30 p.m. at Austin Straubel International Airport.

The parking lot opens to Honor Flight visitors at 7:30 p.m. Parking is free for the event. If the lot is full, there will be parking available at the Radisson Hotel with free shuttles to the airport.