April 27, 2015

Second Honor Flight Departs Tuesday

Date:  April 27, 2015

The second Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m. carrying six World War II veterans, 19 Korean War veterans, and 1 Vietnam War veteran to Washington, DC.  The veterans and their guardians are flying on Southwest Airlines, which sponsors the Honor Flights.

The veterans will enjoy a two-night stay in the national’s capital, where the group will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  In addition, they will visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and have a driving tour by other landmarks in our nation’s capital on Wednesday. A number of our Washington congressional delegation is expected to be on hand to welcome these Kansas veterans.

The public is invited to participate in the festive welcome home celebration on Thursday.  They will be returning on Southwest Airlines flight 576 scheduled to return at 11:10 a.m.  Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m.  More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.

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. Please visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of Southwest Airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

Media Contacts

Valerie Wise

Air Service & Business Development Manager

(316) 946-4780

Brad Christopher

Assistant Director of Airports

(316) 946-4700

Victor White

Director of Airports

(316) 946-4700

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