Kansas Honor Flight #66 is scheduled to return at 11:55 a.m. on Friday at Eisenhower National Airport. The public is invited to participate in a patriotic welcome home celebration. Parking will be available in the Close-In lot. More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.
The honor flight departed Wednesday, carrying one World War II veteran, five Korean War veterans and 32 Vietnam War veterans 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.
There will be four Vietnam War veterans laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown …one from each branch of the service. On this flight are brothers Butch and Ed Kee, who are both Vietnam War Army veterans. Butch is from Yates Center, and Ed is from Elkhart. Also on this flight is a female Vietnam War Navy veteran, Charlene Morris, who lives in Arkansas City.
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.