Today marks the 23rd Never Forgotten Honor Flight with 16 World War II veterans, 39 Korean War veterans and 39 Vietnam War veterans from central and northern Wisconsin making the trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that honor their tremendous service.
This marks the first of six flights in which Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott of Wausau will serve as the temporary headquarters and lodging provider. Veterans are in great hands with the Fairfield team who rank in the top 10% of their brand for guest satisfaction, as the Ghidorzi Hotel Group constructs the new Hilton Garden Inn. Once construction is complete, the Hilton Garden Inn will serve as the permanent event headquarters and lodging provider for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight with a premier conference facility that will pay tribute with a Never Forgotten Honor Flight Wall of Fame featuring the incredible photography of Dave Junion from all 23 flights, now totaling 2,098 veterans.
Fairfield staff members are eager to welcome veterans back late tonight. Our Maintenance Engineer Keith Weller (left), is a veteran himself, serving the Army in Vietnam from 1970-72.
In the words of Jim Campbell, VP of Marketing for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, “Every number counts, and every veteran has a story to tell.” The opportunity to serve veterans through the Never Forgotten Honor Flight humbles us, keeps our hearts full of gratitude for the service and sacrifice for our country and reminds us that freedom is not free. God bless all the veterans in a safe and fulfilling mission to Washington D.C. today.
We look forward to welcoming these true American Heroes home tonight at 10:00 at the Central Wisconsin Airport.