Northern Michigan Veterans Experience Washington, D.C. For Honor Flight

Nearly 80 area veterans are in Washington D.C., feeling the appreciation of a nation.

They took off for the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight around 9 Wednesday morning, experiencing the memorials and monuments built in their honor.

The American heroes are experiencing everything from the World War II Memorial to the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

It’s an emotional and moving day they’ll never forget.

“This is the first time I’ll have been to the memorial,” Elvin Awrey, World War II Vet, Clinton Township said.

It’s never too late to thank a veteran, that’s the entire idea behind the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight.

From World War II, to the Korean War and Vietnam, each one if these veterans is getting the chance to see how our nation wants to say thank you.

“I always get the goosebumps when I see the Korean memorial. The guys in their ponchos with their rifles at the ready like they’re in the field and I get it because I was in that particular time,” Joni  Olach, Korean War Vet, Charlevoix said.

Some are experiencing it for the very first time.

“It changes how you feel about the memorials. I love people and I see these guys looking back at me when I walk by them. It brings me to tears,” Olach said.

These veterans are proud of their service, and thankful to be here.

“I’d recommend other veterans come here because I think it’s of value because they can take the inspiration that they gain here back to their communities and tell people who have never been exposed to war their experience,” John Emmon, Korean War Vet, Big Rapids said.

Each veteran here has an important story and tomorrow on 9&10 News at 5 and 6, we will be bringing you a more in depth look at what the honor flight was like for some of our Northern Michigan veterans.

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