April 8 marks the 38th “mission” of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, and several local veterans are among the participants.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight flies World War II veterans, Korean War veterans, and terminally ill veterans of any conflict on one day, all-expenses-paid trips to see their memorials in Washington, D.C., and experience a full day of honor and thanks for their service to the country. It also promotes educational aspects of the mission in schools and communities.
Frank Seng (South Milwaukee), who served in the U.S. Army in Japan in World War II, Alojss Lepkowski (St. Francis), a WWII U.S. Army telephone lineman, and Ralph Rakowski (St. Francis), Korean War U.S. Army infantry
Since its founding in 2008, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, the southeastern Wisconsin hub of the national Honor Flight Network, has flown 4,818 local veterans on these trips of honor. There are approximately 130 Honor Flight hubs nationwide.
Other scheduled flights for 2017 will take place on May 21, June 9, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, and Nov. 4.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and no offices. The organization says 98 cents of every donated dollar goes directly to its mission. SSHF has a board of directors of 19 and about 250 active volunteers.