KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ninety war veterans boarded a place at KCI airport Tuesday morning to head to Washington D.C., for a unique trip.
It’s called an Honor Flight, and they’ll spend the day visiting war memorials while remembering their time in the military.
The veterans represent all four branches of the military and three different wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
It’s a free trip given to them by Heartland Honor Flight as a way to say thank you for their service.
Thirty eight of the veterans on the trip fought in World War II – most are in their 90’s – and they see this as a final opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial. They hope to find engraved on the monument the names of friends killed in battle, and they expect this trip to be an emotional experience.
“I know there will be some emotions, yes,” WWII Navy veteran Fred Hellman said. “There will be some tears and some smiles, and we’ll go from there.”
This is the eighth year Heartland Honor Flight has offered these trips to v eternal from the metro, and more than one thousand of them have taken this flight to D.C.
Once they arrive, the plan is to visit the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War memorials along with Arlington Cemetery, and they should arrive back at KCI around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday.