Badger Honor Flight returns after two-year hiatus

This flight is the 40th Badger Honor Flight since 2010.
A Badger Honor Flight veteran gets ready to board his flight to Washington, D.C.
A Badger Honor Flight veteran gets ready to board his flight to Washington, D.C.(WMTV)
Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 11:43 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 8:06 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - It’s been 901 days since a Badger Honor flight traveled to Washington, D.C.

On Thursday morning, 92 veterans board a plane heading to the nation’s capital, out of the Dane County Regional Airport.

Steve Bartlett, the Communications Director for Badger Honor Flight, says due to the pandemic, some veterans have waited years for the opportunity to see the war memorials and nation’s landmarks with fellow veterans.

We have arrived at Arlington National Cemetery with enough time to watch the Changing of the Guard twice.

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“Veterans have waited for this day for a long time,” said Bartlett. “It’s an opportunity for them to see how much their country really appreciates the service that they gave us.”

This flight is the 40th Badger Honor Flight since 2010.

Bartlett says for many veterans, a trip like this can bring emotional closure and make their sacrifices feel appreciated.

“All of a sudden it becomes a tunnel of people clapping hands and shaking hands and then it hits them,” he said. “They’re being accepted for what they did and and how they served their country.”

It’s a long day for the veterans and their guardians. The veterans flew back to Madison Thursday night, with some making a stop at VFW Post 7591 on Cottage Grove Road. The post welcomed and celebrated veterans coming back into town and encouraged the public to come by too.

If you’re interested in signing up a veteran in your life, you can fill out an application HERE. There are five more Badger Honor Flights scheduled for this year.

On Thursday morning, 92 veterans board a plane heading to the nation’s capital, out of the Dane County Regional Airport.

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