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Brookfield Veterans Welcomed Home

Eight Brookfield veterans were among more than 100 who traveled to Washington D.C.-area memorials Saturday on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

  • For more on the Honor Flight's welcome home, watch this .

More than 100 WWII veterans, including eight from Brookfield, visited Washington D.C. memorial sites Saturday as part of the 10th Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Thousands of people welcomed them back at General Mitchell International Airport Saturday night, waving flags and homemade signs.

Cheers and tears were abundant as a crowd greeted veterans who included Brookfield residents George Collura and Elmer Meyers. 

Meyers got to travel with his son, George Meyers, of Oconomowoc, who called the trip an incredible experience. Collura's family greeted him with hugs.

The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight plans to fly another group of veterans in September, if it raises enough donations. in Brookfield is hosting donations, with $110,000 raised toward a goal of $150,000.

A long list of sponsors includes Newsradio 620 WTMJ and Fields Automotive Group in Waukesha.

The Southeastern Wisconsin effort is part of a national Honor Flight Network that has flown more than 63,000 veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam to visit the monuments in Washington D.C. The network is focusing on WWII veterans because thousands die every year.

A sister publication — Waukesha Patch — made this from last night's welcome home at the airport.

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