Kansas Honor Flight #67 is scheduled to return at 11:55 a.m. on Friday at Eisenhower National Airport, and will be the last Honor Flight of the year. 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 five World War II veteran, three Korean War veterans and 30 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.
With the completion of this flight, 25 WWII veterans, 84 Korean War veterans, and 328 Vietnam War veterans for a total of 437 Kansas heroes have flown to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials in 2018. Since beginning the Honor Flights in 2012, 570 WWII veterans, 710 Korean War veterans, and 800 Vietnam War veterans have taken Honor Flights for a total of 2,080 veterans. This has all been possible because of the tremendous effort and support of many, many individuals.
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.