‘Welcome Home’ celebration for Honor Flight veterans at Wichita airport

Military veterans return from Washington D.C., on an Honor Flight in 2014.
Military veterans return from Washington D.C., on an Honor Flight in 2014. File photo

A Kansas Honor Flight, carrying 13 World War II veterans and 13 Korean War veterans and their guardians, are expected to arrive back in Wichita at 11:15 a.m. Friday.

The public is invited to help welcome them home in a patriotic celebration at the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.

The veterans left Wednesday from Wichita for a two-night stay in Washington, D.C., where they were scheduled to tour the World War II Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Navy Memorial, Air Force Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial.

Also on the tour schedule: the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Fort McHenry and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

People who want to participate in the homecoming celebration are encouraged to arrive at the Best Western Airport Inn by 10 a.m. on Friday, ride a free Kansas Honor Flight shuttle to the airport main entrance and go to the east end of the airport terminal building. People are encouraged to bring homemade signs that say “Welcome Home.” For more information, go to www.kansashonorflight.org.

The mission of the Honor Flight is transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials at no cost to them – first priority is given to World War II veterans, then Korean War veterans and Vietnam War veterans. Guardians pay their own travel expenses and accompany veterans. Donations from the public help provide the necessary funding for the trips.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner