Assembly will Honor Wisconsin’s Honor Flight Network Tuesday

Posted Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 6:52 p.m.

More than 30 Honor Flight Network volunteers will be saluted on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly Tuesday, according to a release.

The volunteers have helped organize trips to the war memorials in Washington D.C. for thousands of Wisconsin veterans.

According to the release, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos invited the volunteers from each of the six hubs that serve Wisconsin to be recognized during the passage of Assembly Resolution 18, which was written in their honor.

“Our veterans made great sacrifices for our country, and I’m glad that there are so many people in Wisconsin who are dedicated to honoring them,” said Speaker Vos. “This resolution is our way to show our gratitude to those who served and the volunteers who give countless hours to organize the flights.”

Honor flight began in Ohio in 2005 and has expanded to 130 hubs in 42 states. According to the release, more than 100,000 veterans have been served and many hubs have hundreds more vets on their wait lists.

Wisconsin’s Honor Flight program began in 2008. Four Wisconsin-based honor flights will travel to Washington D.C. over the next three weeks to visit the war memorials, trips that have gathered much attention when barriers were erected at the beginning of the federal shutdown.

“The selfless dedication by these volunteers—helping veterans get to see the memorials honoring their work, something they might not otherwise be given the chance to do—is amazing,” said Speaker Vos. “I’m proud to stand and applaud them.”

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