WASHINGTON (Gray DC) One week after 9/11 and as soldiers continue to fight overseas,
dozens of local Michigan veterans are being honored in Washington for their service to our country.
Michigan veterans head to Washington to visit several national memorials on the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. (Source: Gray DC)
As part of the 17th UP-Honor flight, former service members had the chance to visit the National memorials that stand in their honor.
While top priority is given to WWII veterans, Korean War and Vietnam era vets say they are also honored to be included and recognized for their sacrifices.
“The 2nd World War vets went first, then Korea and now the Vietnam veterans," said Glenn Binoniemi, a Vietnam era veteran. "I’ve been waiting for it."
Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman is a Vietnam veteran, himself. He says he makes an effort to come to every local honor flight and to talk with veterans he served alongside.
“One of the darkest parts of our nations recent history was not welcoming our Vietnam vets home in the 60s and 70s," said Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) "Thank God, we’ve woken up to the fact that these men and women have served honorably.”
But if you ask many of the veterans on the flight, they say, they aren't the heroes. It’s their brothers and sisters in arms; the ones that never made it home, that are.
“The ones that passed and we have the memorials for," said William Maki, also a Vietnam era veteran. "The many that died. I was just lucky to get back home.”
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