Upper Peninsula Veterans Gather in Escanaba Before Honor Flight

“It’s a very worthwhile trip. I got a good camera and I’m going to take all kinds of pictures.”

Dozens of veterans from across the Upper Peninsula getting ready for the trip of a lifetime.

Veterans from World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam War are all preparing for the U.P. Honor Flight.

They will be flying to Washington DC and see the memorials built to honor their service.

Wednesday morning, they will leave from Escanaba bound for Washington DC.

For many this will be the first time they see these memorials.

9&10’s David Lyden is in Escanaba with the veterans coming together for dinner before Wednesday’s flight.

71 veterans are at the Quality Inn in Escanaba and excitement about everything that will happen Wednesday has been building for them ever since they arrived.

Tuesday night is a chance to swap wartime stories and get to know each other.

Wednesday is going to be one busy day for these veterans.

They’ll be touring the World War II Memorial, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial in the morning.

Then it’s off to Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard.

They’ll also see the Iwo Jima Memorial and Air Force memorial.

It’s a moment and a journey these veterans have waited an entire lifetime for and they plan to make the most of it.

“I was thankful I didn’t know how many people would get on and when I heard that I was picked to go I said that’s great, wonderful really happy about it,” says Korean War Veteran, Ed Page.

We will be with this amazing group of veterans every step of the way during the Honor Flight, from the moment we take off until the moment we land.

Tonight on 9&10 News at 11, more from Tuesday night’s dinner and the building excitement.

We’ll be with the U.P. Honor Flight veterans every step of the way.

We’ll also bring you coverage of the U.P. Honor Flight Wednesday on Michigan this Morning.