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86 Veterans Return from Trip of Lifetime Thanks to Heartland Honor Flight

The Northland News was invited out to KCI by Heartland Honor Flight to join in welcoming home the veterans that were returning on the October 6, 2015 flight.

Heartland Honor Flight was founded in 2008. It is part of the Honor Flight Network that was founded in 2005. It honors veterans by taking them on a trip of a lifetime to Washington D.C. at no charge to the veteran. They fly out of KCI to Washington D.C., spend the day visiting the WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln, Marine, and Air Force Memorials. They also stop by the Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.

The flight departed last Tuesday morning at 6 AM with a total of 86 veterans aboard. There were members of all branches of the service aboard the flight. The flight included service men and women who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and one veteran from Desert Storm/Iraq. Also on board were a WWII husband and wife, a WWII/Korean husband and wife, a Cold War era/Vietnam husband and wife, and five veterans from the Battle of Chosin Reservoir (Korea).

Hundreds of people from all walks of life and all ages lined the terminal at KCI. The men and women were welcomed with the sounds of bagpipes, screams, cheers, hand shakes, and numerous words of gratitude. Take a look at our gallery and video from the event below:

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Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte, Eastern Commissioner Luann Ridgeway, and Heartland Honor Flight Organizer Charles Cottitta were on hand with students form Liberty South Valley Middle School and their teacher Linda Klein to welcome home the WWII Honor Flight. Photo Courtesy Clay County Missouri Government Facebook Page
Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte, Eastern Commissioner Luann Ridgeway, were on hand with students form Liberty South Valley Middle School and their teacher Linda Klein to welcome home the WWII Honor Flight.
Photo Courtesy Clay County Missouri Government Facebook Page
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Some additional press coverage of the event that is worth checking out:

94-year-old woman becomes only 2nd female from KC to go on honor flight from Fox 4.

Heartland honor flight departs from KCI to take veterans on trip of a lifetime from Fox 4.

Heartland Honor Flight honors veterans for their sacrifices from KMBC 9.

For more information about Heartland Honor Flight watch the video below over on Vimeo:

Heartland Honor Flight from 15/5 Features on Vimeo.

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