Chippewa Manor thanks Veterans with special program

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- For nearly a decade, Chippewa Manor nursing home has commemorated Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day, with a special program to thank those who've served.

Today, they also recognized a special group of pilots adding some aerial appeal to each ceremony.

"Our hearts are all warmed by this. For nine years they've done that missing man flyover, which is a remarkable contribution to this event for us," says Chippewa Manor President Brandon Thorsness.

"We had a couple of funerals that people wanted us to do a missing man formation, says pilot Mike Pope. To do it for the veteran’s program is really special because we know they appreciate it and it's our way of showing our appreciation for the veterans."

As part of today’s ceremony, Chippewa Manor residents watched a short documentary about Pope and the other four members of the flyover squad titled Why We Fly.

"We hope the veterans take away the fact that we appreciate their sacrifice, their commitment and what they did for us to be able to do these things," according to Pope.