Thank you Honor Flight

Some 80 West Michigan area residents, veterans of the United States armed forces, flew to Washington, D.C. Tuesday accompanied by members of an organization dedicated to saluting the service of the men and women who gave their best efforts in protecting a grateful nation.

The veterans visited memorials throughout the nation’s capital city, and enjoyed the company of fellow vets — some with whom they were acquainted, and some of whom they met as old comrades but new friends.

The day was one filled with a spirit of camaraderie and a sense of patriotic appreciation.

Today, just hours following the return of the veterans group back home to Big Rapids and West Michigan, we would like to take a moment to thank not only the veterans for their service, but also the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight organization for its efforts in keeping our community sense of appreciation strong and real.

The local team representing the Honor Flight Network nationwide has developed a program that is worthy of our thanks, and more than worthy of our continuing support.

They have taken a very real need — the need to never forget the sacrifices of those who served in the armed forces — and translated the community’s appreciation into action.

The trip to Washington, D.C. was short — less than 24 hours.

The work to bring this experience from the drawing board to fruition was tremendous.

We appreciate the dedicated effort — the hours, days and months of organizing — that went into making the Honor Flight a huge success.

Thank you to the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight team — not only for what you did for the veterans from throughout our extended community, but also for reminding us that there are those among us who deserve an extra degree of consideration, and a lot of respect and appreciation.

And to the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight team …a warm community hug from all of those who stayed at home.

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