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:
Some additional press coverage of the event that is worth checking out:
For more information about Heartland Honor Flight watch the video below over on Vimeo: