65 Veterans Take Flight for Washington D.C., 11th Mid-Michigan Honor Flight

It’s a well-deserved “thank you” to our local veterans who have served and sacrificed.

Wednesday, 65 veterans fly from Grand Rapids to Washington D.C. for the 11th Mid-Michigan Honor Flight.

The Honor Flight is an emotional experience. It takes local heroes on a free trip to our nation’s capital to see the memorials in their honor.

When they land, they’ll visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and many other meaningful sites.

The Mid-Michigan Honor Flight leaves from Grand Rapids around 8:30 on Wednesday morning, and 9&10’s Lauren Scafidi and photojournalist Zach Razminas are following along. They will be out and about with the veterans for almost 12 hours.

The group of 65 veterans is made up of 37 Korean War veterans, 14 WWII veterans and 14 Vietnam veterans.

One of those Vietnam veterans is James McCloughan. He also received a medal of honor from President Trump in 2016.

And another veteran is Jack Eaton.

Jack is 100 years old and the oldest known and oldest living sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

He served at the tomb between 1938 and 1940.

Today he will experience a surprise he’s been waiting decades for.

Stick with 9&10 News all day and watch the video above for more.

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