On Wednesday, May 15, the second Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport carrying 24 World War II veterans and their guardians. The flight will depart at 6:25 a.m. from Wichita on AirTran Airways for a two-night stay in Washington, D.C. They will return at 4:37 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The public is invited to greet these heroes and welcome them home.
Eddie Graham of Wichita, a Bataan Death March survivor and his brother, Don Graham of Hutchinson, a Korean War veteran will be traveling on the Honor Flight. The group will visit the WWII Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Ft. McHenry.
The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America's veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them with current priority to WWII Veterans. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit their website, www.kansashonorflight.org
to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.
Additional trips are scheduled throughout the summer and fall on Southwest Airlines, the official commercial airline of the Honor Flight organization. These trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, Ampco Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff. “It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.