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Milwaukee based Honor Flight heads to D.C.

 The Commemorative Area of the National World War II Memorial recognizes the sacrifice of America's WWII generation and the contribution of our allies. A field of 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives, and symbolized the sacrifice of families across the nation.  (Photo from: Wikipedia Commons).
The Commemorative Area of the National World War II Memorial recognizes the sacrifice of America's WWII generation and the contribution of our allies. A field of 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives, and symbolized the sacrifice of families across the nation. (Photo from: Wikipedia Commons).

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's latest Honor Flight forged on Friday, despite the government shutdown in Washington. 

Eight veterans of World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam boarded a plane in Milwaukee and headed to the nation's capital to see their respective national memorials. 

Nobody was on the grounds to answer their questions, but the sites remained open to veterans -- including the dwindling number of Wisconsinites who fought in World War Two. 

The Honor Flights take place at several locations around the Badger State, with the help of donations. They offer one-day round trips to the nation's capital, so our nation's older service personnel can see the national memorials and reflect on their experiences before they die. 

The veterans get rousing airport sendoffs on both ends of their trips. 

About 100 people were on hand for Friday's sendoff at Milwaukee's Mitchell International.

Old Glory Honor Flight of Northeast Wisconsin takes a trip to Washington D.C. on Oct. 17th.

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