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      Honor Flight preps for Mission V

      Organizers from the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight held their guardian training session Thursday in Marquette.

      Guardians escort the veterans as they make their way through tours of Washington D.C. The training covers all aspects of the guardian role including making sure the veterans take their prescribed medication and ensuring their comfort during the trip.

      Many veterans on the upcoming flight are being escorted by members of their family, but the amount of responsibility remains the same.

      "As a guardian you are totally responsible for the veteran; it is all about the veteran. You take care of that veteran from the minute you meet them, and I would say 99.9 percent of the time you have made a new friend," said Susan Beranek from the Honor Flight.

      The U.P. Honor Flight Mission V takes off September 18 from the Delta County Airport. They'll be bringing 78 veterans along for the flight.

      Also at the training session, the Sons of the American Legion Squad 44 presented the Honor Flight with a check for $1,000. The money was collected through fundraising and membership fees. Legion representatives say they feel honored to donate to such a worthwhile cause.