Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program marks 8 years since first mission to D.C. with veterans

MILWAUKEE -- Officials with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program, based out of Port Washington on Sunday, November 20th are celebrating the program's eighth birthday.

The program flies WII veterans, Korean War veterans and terminally ill veterans of any conflict on one day, all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials and experience a full day of honor and thanks.

Mission number one took place on November 20th, 2008.

Honor Flight officials said on Twitter Sunday: "4,818 vets later, we are still going strong!"

On the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight's Facebook page, people on this Sunday are sharing stories and memories of their Honor Flight missions.

Below is some of FOX6's recent coverage of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program: