Final Badger Honor Flight Of 2017 Returns Saturday Night

10/7/17 – The public is invited to head to Madison Saturday night to greet veterans returning from a day in Washington D.C.  Badger Honor Flight has its final flight of the 2017 season Saturday, taking area veterans to see their memorials in the nation’s capital at no cost to them.  The Madison-based hub chartered a plane with 89 veterans that left Dane County this morning.  The includes 67 Vietnam vets, 18 from Korea and four from World War Two. There are also 77 guardians on board. The veterans are spending the day touring various sites including Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Iwo Jima, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and Air Force monuments.  Upon returning to Madison tonight, there will be a welcome home ceremony. Organizer Jim Bublitz encourages people to arrive at the Dane County Regional Airport around 8pm; the flight should land around 9:15pm. A bus will once again be leaving the Park Village Shopping Center from near the Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly at 7:30pm sharp. The bus is available for free on a first come first serve basis. Badger Honor Flight will resume trips in the spring. As of October 1, there are 942 veterans on the waiting list including three World War Two vets, 16 from the Korean War and two from other conflicts and the remainder from Vietnam. More information is available at


Photo courtesy of Becky Steiner