Honor Flight program obtains cash for trip; Hutch vets to go
The Kansas Honor Flight program has received enough funds to offer a second trip to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans to see memorials that were made in honor of their service and sacrifice.
The second trip, which will be Oct. 17-19, will include two Hutchinson veterans, said Mike VanCampen, with the honor flight program.
While in Washington, D.C., veterans will visit the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial and Vietnam Memorial Wall. They also plan to see museums, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknowns, and they will visit Fort McHenry.
The two trips allow for veterans to travel for free. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran for safe travel.
"We are taking priority to World War II veterans because they are the oldest," VanCampen said. "When we get done, we'll start with Korean veterans."
The first trip, which includes 29 veterans, lands Friday in Kansas City and Wichita. Veterans left for Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
To make a donation to the Kansas Honor Flight, which would allow for more trips, send a check to Kansas Honor Flight, P.O. Box 2371, Hutchinson, KS 67504. Donations are tax-deductible. To nominate a veteran or learn more about the program, visit www.kansashonorflight.org.