By Tim Kowols
It was the welcoming many of the 70 veterans, including five from Door and Kewaunee counties, never received as they walked through the crowded terminal at Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay. Old Glory Honor Flight’s 48th mission took veterans from around northeast Wisconsin for a day trip to Washington D.C. to see the sights, rub shoulders with retired Green Bay Packers players, and reconnect with fellow members of the military that served as far back as World War II. Thursday marked the second time Forestville’s Bill Wotochek, a United States Army Vietnam veteran, had been to Washington D.C. Wotochek says the trip, including the in-flight mail call and welcome home celebration, was everything and more than he expected.
Old Glory Honor Flight has taken thousands of veterans to Washington D.C. since it became a hub in 2009. The organization will take veterans back to Vietnam on a special mission in late February and is currently taking applications for future flights.