ESCANABA - After a total of 327 veterans of World War II from throughout the Upper Peninsula have been transported, free of charge, to Washington, D.C., to view the memorial created in their honor, members of the U.P. Honor Flight Committee are opening up the invitations to veterans of the Korean War.
"We are still looking for World War II veterans but we've decided to open it up to Korean War veterans," said Barb VanRooy, chairman of the Honor Flight Committee. "We have about 40 World War II veterans on the list for the next flight but we will try to fill the extra seats with Korean War vets."
According to VanRooy, the applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. "However, World War II veterans will always be first in line," she said.
Between 75 and 80 veterans, as well as their guardians and Honor Flight volunteers have been included on each of the first four flights to Washington.
"And each time it seems to get better and better," VanRooy said. "Each time, the welcome-homes are so wonderful and there are more and more people, and children as well, who turn up to welcome them home."
Although no firm date has been set for the next Honor Flight, VanRooy said it will take place some time in September.
Applications to be included on the next Honor Flight can be found at www.upperpeninsulahonorflight.org.
Upper Peninsula Honor Flight is a 501(c)3 volunteer organization dedicated to honoring Michigan's Upper Peninsula war veterans.