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WWII Vet Bob Graef Describes Honor Flight Experience


One local veteran looking forward to seeing the movie "Honor Flight" in Sturgeon Bay March 17 is Sturgeon Bay's Bob Graef.

The 87-year-old Graef -- who served in the Marines from 1943 to 1946 and was involved in the Battle of Saipan in 1944 -- went on an Honor Flight in 2011. Honor flights allow World War II veterans to travel free of charge to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial.

Graef says it was a memorable event.

He says as they were landing in Washington, the pilot came on the intercom with a special message...

Graef says there was a tremendous reception for them inside the airport -- and they received the same type of welcome when they returned to Appleton later that night...

In addition to the recognition they received, Graef says the entire trip was extremely well coordinated.

"I have never seen a thing that was better managed than what they did all the way through," says Graef.

Graef -- who enlisted in the service at the age of 17 -- says he actually had to wait a while to take the flight. He says because he had donated to the World War II Memorial fund he was one of the first to be invited but couldn't go initially because of a family conflict. Then he had to wait a bit longer because Honor Flight organizers wanted to give priority to vets who were not as well off physically. is sponsoring two showings of the Honor Flight movie at the Sturgeon Bay Cinema on Sunday, March 17 at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. All veterans in Door and Kewaunee counties are invited to attend and can obtain free admission by calling 920-746-9430 while supplies last. You can read more about it here.


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