Date: May 13, 2013
On Wednesday, May 15, a second Kansas Honor Flight will leave Wichita for Washington, DC, carrying 24 World War II veterans. Traveling on that flight will be Eddie Graham of Wichita, a Bataan Death March survivor along with his brother, Don Graham from Hutchinson, a Korean War veteran. While 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 flight will depart from Wichita at 6:25 a.m. on AirTran Airways for a two-night stay in our nation’s capital. They will return on Friday, May 17 at 4:37 p.m. The public is invited to greet these heroes and welcome them home.
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 their web site, 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.