Our mission is to offer our local World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans a memorable, safe and rewarding tour of honor to our nation's capital. It's a whirlwind tour. This trip happens all in one day and is completely free of charge to the vet! It's our small way to say 'thank you' for their service and sacrifices to this great country. We are also dedicated to making this trip as safe as possible. Trained volunteer 'guardians' are assigned to accompany veterans to assist. For added safety, we travel with volunteer medical professionals on the aircraft and on the ground in Washington DC.
Following the lead of groups from LaCrosse and Milwaukee, the idea of forming an Honor Flight hub was introduced to Northeast Wisconsin in mid-2009. Several individuals pursuing the goal on parallel paths joined forces and the organization began to take shape.
One of the Board's first actions was to vote on a name. "Old Glory Honor Flight" was chosen. Old Glory Honor Flight proceeded to hold their first fund-raiser at the American Legion Post #38 in Appleton on August 26, 2009.
Through the hard work from the Board and other volunteers Mission I was completed on October 27, 2009 and all 95 WWII Veterans had a safe and extremely enjoyable trip. To date we have flown nearly 50 Missions and over 4000 Veterans to see the memorials built in their honor.
We plan to continue this program until ALL QUALIFYING VETERANS from our local area get the opportunity to visit their memorial. We owe them that.
Board of Directors
Drew MacDonald, President
Lorraine Van Kampen, Vice President
Diane MacDonald, Treasurer
Chris Berkers, Secretary
Tony Van Kampen