County Executive David Crowley to join 112 Local Veterans on Stars and Stripes Honor Flight on April 23
MILWAUKEE – County Executive David Crowley will join 112 local veterans taking part in the “We Energies Stars and Stripes Honor Flight” taking off tomorrow, Saturday, April 23. County Executive Crowley will serve as a guardian assigned to a local veteran to ensure they have a memorable trip visiting the memorials built in their honor in Washington D.C.
“The Honor Flight program is an important tradition for veterans around the country. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to spend time with veterans who served our nation in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War on the 61st Stars and Stripes Honor Flight,” said County Executive David Crowley. “Many generations of the Crowley family have served our country through the military, so I relish every opportunity to give back to our veterans and thank them for their service and their sacrifice.”
Honor Flight is a national program with more than 130 hubs from coast to coast. Prior to this weekend’s flight, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has flown 8,006 local veterans on an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC since 2008 and has honored more than 50 veterans locally who were not able to fly.
“This is a great opportunity to uplift our veterans, but also an important opportunity to elevate the Black and Brown veterans in our community who’ve historically been unrepresented in the veteran community. The history of feeling unseen and unheard has led to veterans of color underutilizing an incredible service meant to honor their contributions to protecting our nation,” continued County Executive Crowley. “I hope to help send the message that the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight is available for all veterans who’ve served and sacrificed to defend our freedoms.”
Flights will leave the Mitchell International Airport at approximately 6:00 AM and 7:30 AM on Saturday, April 23. Homecoming parades at Mitchell Airport are schedule for 8:05 pm and 9:30pm that evening. The Oak Creek High School Band and the East Troy Cheer/Dance Team will provide spirit for the Homecoming festivities.