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Old Glory Honor Flight Takes Vietnam Veterans to D.C.
More than 100 veterans were flown to the nation’s capital Friday
July 29, 2017 - The Old Glory Honor Flight took 105 Vietnam veterans from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C., on Friday morning so they could spend the day visiting various memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian’s Price of Freedom exhibit.
Honor Flight riders got a police escort so they could proceed quickly though the sights of D.C. and make it back to Oshkosh for a Friday evening return ceremony. Honor Flight’s return to Oshkosh was a chance for many Vietnam veterans to get properly welcomed home for the first time due to the cold reception many of them faced on their initial return.
The chance to see memorials like the Vietnam Wall, and simply be among others who know the struggles they faced both at home and abroad, makes the Honor Flight a special opportunity for the veterans aboard Old Glory.
This was the fifth year an Honor Flight departed from and arrived at Oshkosh. Initially, it was supposed to be a one-time event, but the first flight’s success encouraged all parties to keep the tradition going.