A third Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, June 19, carrying 45 World War II veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 6:10 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital; the veterans return at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, June 21. The public is invited to greet these heroes and welcome them home.
Since 2008, Southwest Airlines has been the official airline sponsor of the Honor Flight Organization. Known for its community partnerships, Southwest donates 1,000 tickets annually to the Honor Flight Organization. The Hutchinson Chapter of the organization received 50 of those tickets, making this trip possible for many veterans. In Washington, they 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 visit 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. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. 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 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. 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.