ESCANABA – Two former Seebees from the U.P. are looking forward to the U.P. Honor Flight trip. Wally Evance of Norway and Elmer Everson of Marquette have been friends since they met at basic training. They served together in the Pacific and will be sitting together on the flight Wednesday to Washington D.C.
Everson says the trip means a lot to him.
“This is just wonderful that we are going to be together,” he said. “We both served together and we are going to see the memorial together.”
Everson said it took a long time before the World War II Memorial was built. Evance said he is looking forward to seeing it.
“The only regret I have is that it wasn’t built sooner,” he said. “Most of the World War II men like my brother are gone. I’m sure they would have liked to see something like this.”
Evance and Emerson are two of 76 WWII veterans that are part of the fifth Upper Peninsula Honor Flight that is leaving early Wednesday for Washington. Evance has not seen the World War II Memorial and is anxious to see the part dedicated to the Pacific theater where he and Emerson served.