Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Takes Veterans to See Memorials in Washington, D.C.


Wednesday morning, 68 local veterans flew to Washington, D.C. on Mission 12 of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight.

It was a special sight as the veterans visited the monuments which were built to honor them.

After landing in D.C., their first stop of the emotional day was the World War II Memorial.

They then saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

These sites brought tears to many as they remembered their fallen brothers.

The veterans were also able to witness the changing of the guards and the wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Many say they have wanted to come to the nation’s capital their whole lives and it was an honor to be there.

“I’m here, I’m here. This is really a blessing. I can’t thank you enough,” said Vietnam Veteran Walt Gleason told 9&10 News.

“It’s just a blessing, an honor. I can’t comprehend it all, it’s beautiful. What gift.”

“I’ve seen most of the monuments on tv but to come here and actually look at it and actually see things that you’ve never seen,” shared fellow Vietnam Veteran Ralphy Hethering.

“Thinking about what these guys had to go through. To be honored in this way, that’s a lot of people out there.”

The Michigan veterans are headed back to the Cherry Capital Airport Wednesday night where a crowd is expected to welcome them home.