Honor Flight passengers in September, 2015. Photo via Facebook.com.
The Kansas Honor Flight will take off for the second time this year on Wednesday morning. Leaving Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport at 6:10 a.m., the flight will carry two veterans of World War II and 25 veterans of the Korean War and their guardians to Washington, DC.
The veterans will spend two nights in the Capital, where they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Navy Memorial, Air Force Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. They will also be given tours of the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Ft. McHenry, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A patriotic welcome home celebration will be held on Friday, and the public is welcome to attend. The flight is scheduled to return at 11:15 a.m. Free parking and shuttle service will be available at the Best Western Airport Inn, located at 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m.
The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The Honor Flight’s mission is to transport America's veterans to Washington, DC, allowing them to visit memorials at no cost to them. The Honor flight offers current priority to WWII Veterans, followed by Korean War Veterans and by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure the safety of the traveling veterans. The trip is funded by contributions from the public. Please visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.