MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - Veterans boarded the Grand Portal boat one by one earlier Tuesday afternoon to begin their adventure to Pictured Rocks. For some, it was their first time.
"I've been wanting to go out to Pictured Rocks forever, but every time I wanted to something happened, either the trip was cancelled or messed up or the weather took it out and it's just important for me to be able to do this now especially with the other veterans that are coming out here with us,” said Rosemarie “Sunny” Sundberg, a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman veteran.
Sundberg or “Sunny,” she's commonly referred to by friends, spent many years by the water serving as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman for four years.
She says it's been awhile since she's been out on water, which is why she's so excited for this trip.
"A nice, calm ride on the boat, looking at the water looking at the UP, and looking at any memorial stuff down in the water,” she explained.
Other veterans say they're looking forward to the journey too.
"It'll be a nice trip, I've never been on the boat, even though I was posted down here, I never took the boat trip, but it was nice a trip to be able to come down here today. I'm glad,” said World War II veteran Richard Wills.
Tuesday’s trip was made possible through generous community sponsors. This year, Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises donated tickets and the Elks of Marquette provided lunch.
"This is just incredibly special and it's really wonderful to create these memories with the members,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Johnson.
Jacobetti leaders thank everyone who helped make their dream come true. They hope more people to join so they can continue the tradition for future veterans.