The first Kansas Honor Flight of 2017 is scheduled to return 11:25 a.m. on Friday at Eisenhower National Airport. The public is invited to participate in a patriotic welcome home celebration. Free parking and shuttle services are available at Slumberland, 444 S. Emerson St. near the Airport. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m. More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.
The honor flight departed today, carrying 12 World War II veterans, 15 Korean War veterans including three sets of brothers, and 1 Vietnam War veteran and their guardians to Washington, DC. The veterans are enjoying a two-night stay in the nation’s capital, where the group will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Navy Memorial, Air Force Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. Additionally, the group will tour the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Ft. McHenry, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The mission of honor flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to World War II veterans. After the World War II veterans, efforts focus on Korean War veterans followed by Vietnam War veterans. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany veterans to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide funding for the trips.
Honor flights are organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The trips are made possible through a partnership involving Southwest Airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, Airport Concessionaires MSE Branded Foods and Paradies, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.