Veterans Gather At MSU Ahead of Mid-Michigan Honor Flight

Plenty of energy here as these veterans get closer to taking off for our nation’s capital.    

The Mid-Michigan Honor Flight is taking deserving veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the monuments dedicated to those who’ve served and died.

Northern Michigan’s News Leader is along for the flight, giving you a look at what this trip means to them.

9&10’s Lynsey Mukomel is in East Lansing with the veterans before Wednesday morning’s flight.

All of the 63 veterans and their guardians have now checked in here on Michigan State’s campus in East Lansing and are all very excited about Wednesday’s flight.

Each of them has their own reasons why this trip to Washington, D.C. is so important to them.

“It takes almost four months to put a flight together.”

After plenty of planning, mission five of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight is here.

A very memorable few days for all who make this trip.

 “Because when we get to D.C, when that first stranger walks up to one of our vets and says thank you sir and he gets that awestruck look in his eye by the end of the trip he’ll come up to me and say I guess we did good huh? I love the greatest generation they’ve done so much for me,” says hub director Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, Patricia Donegan.

Veterans from different parts of Michigan, each with different stories from their service.

Including Genevieve Jennings, she enlisted to the Marines during WWII.

“I didn’t have a lot to do at home I was working at a chemical factory but that wasn’t too impel rant my brother was already in the marina so why should I go?” says Marine Corp Veteran, Genevieve Jennings.

She never saw combat, but still proudly served her country. This honor flight is a trip she’s waited for for years.

“I think this is really great I tried two other times but I was sick once and I broke my arm the other one so this time I was determined I was going to stay well, says Genevieve.

9&10 News will be flying with this group Wednesday and will be bringing you continuing coverage the next two days.

Coming up on nine and ten news at 11 more from East Lansing.

We will have highlights from Wednesday’s program and of course more on the anticipation of this special trip for these veterans.