Live remarks were delivered by Joe Dean, president of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, Inc.; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Gale Klappa, chairman, president and CEO, We Energies; and Charlie Sykes, WTMJ-AM radio show host. Several other dignitaries and celebrities sent videotaped greetings and thanks, including:
From left, Charlie Sykes, Gale Klappa, Scott Walker.
At podium, Joe Dean. All were on hand to show their
appreciation to the veterans.
- Sen. Bob Dole
- Gen. John Allen of the U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan
- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former quarterback Bart Starr
- Brewers Chris Narveson, Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Hart
Wisconsin Energy Foundation has supported the honor flight program since it started, sponsoring several flights.
The documentary, filmed by Wauwatosa native Dan Hayes, chronicles the honor flight experience, from Dean's kernel of an idea that started the program in 2008 to the homecoming that the flight attendees receive at Milwaukee’s airport at the end of their daylong trip to Washington, D. C., to visit the World War II Memorial, other memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.
Veterans, family, friends and other supporters
packed Miller Park in Milwaukee.
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