MOSINEE, WI (WTAQ) - They don't always get statewide news coverage anymore.
But thousands of Wisconsin veterans are still taking free one day Honor Flights to see their national memorials before they die.
Monday, almost 90 veterans and their caretakers flew from central Wisconsin to Washington and back -- and they received a hero's welcome Monday night from a packed concourse at the regional airport in Mosinee.
The Honor Flight program began several years ago, so the dwindling number of World War II veterans could a national memorial that was new at the time. Now, the central Wisconsin program also takes Korean and Vietnam veterans.
Private donations pay for the Honor Flight program, and Lac du Flambeau American Legion commander John Brown says it's a second chance for the country to do right for its Native American veterans. He said, "We were treated badly by our own country, our own people -- but now, the last 20 years, it's changed."
More Honor Flights are planned out of Mosinee in May, September, and October.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)