Jonathan Lucroy Joins Veterans on Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Yesterday Jonathan Lucroy joined veterans on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.

If you’re not familiar with Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (SSHF), it is a moving cause. According to the National World War II Museum’s website, “approximately every three minutes a memory of World War II – its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs – disappears…. [Veterans] are dying quickly – at the rate of approximately 555 a day” and SSHF is in a race against the clock to honor them.

The WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. did not open until 2004 and many veterans are unable to visit it without assistance. So that’s where SSHF comes in—it is a branch of the National Honor Flight Network that was started in Wisconsin by Port Washington resident Joe Dean. Honor Flight offers trips to Washington, DC free of charge to WWII veterans so that they can get the opportunity to see their memorials. The national program has 123 hubs.

Yesterday, Jonathan was among the dozens of volunteers traveling with 41 World War II and 47 Korean War veterans from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., for a day of sightseeing. Accompanying Lucroy was his college roommate, John Coker, Jr. who was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in Afghanistan in 2011.

Here are some photos from the day, rounded up from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as Jonathan’s:

Lucroy SSHF

Lucroy SSHF 2

Lucroy SSHF 3

 

Read the full story at JSOnline.com.

Back in 2012, Miller Park hosted the Field of Honor event, which featured the world premiere of the feature length film, “The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight” on Miller Park’s high-definition video board.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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