82 Vietnam Veterans To Fly on Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Singing, music blasting, American flags waving, signs and smiles from ear to ear send 82 veterans off on a once in a lifetime experience: the Children of the American Revolution Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight.

This honor flight happening Saturday is different than any other honor flight. It’s just Vietnam veterans.

A special honor flight calls for a special celebration right! Instead of meeting at the airport the morning of the flight like usual, the bus made a few stops to pick up groups of veterans all across northern Michigan, with a huge celebration at each one.

We are still 12 hours from take off to Washington D.C., and we haven’t even left the state yet.

One Vietnam veteran says the way their communities have supported them today in just a few minutes at each stop is already so much more than when they served.

“A lot better than the first one we got 0128 back then you came home in the middle of the night so you could avoid people and now it’s a celebration,” said Dave Kuraziel, who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970.

The reason these 82 veterans are able to come on this special honor flight is because of 14-year-old Alice Kraatz. She was just 14-years-old when she raised $140,000 to send a group of just Vietnam veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that stand in their honor.

9&10’s Lauren Scafidi and photojournalist Kaleb Vinton are along for the ride, and will bring you special reports next week, explaining the heartfelt moment Alice knew this was a challenge she needed to take on and why this experience means the world to these 82 veterans.