Big greeting planned for Kansas heroes

National World War II Memorial

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WICHITA, Kansas — A big welcome home party is planned for this afternoon for some American heroes.

Two dozen Kansas World War II veterans have been in Washington, DC this week to visit the National World War II Memorial and other war memorials.

Donations to Kansas Honor Flight paid for the trip.

While the veterans were in Washington, they met with Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp.

“These men gave so much for our country and it’s tremendous the way Kansans respect and honor them for the courage, bravery and dedication to our nation,” said Huelskamp.

Kansas Honor Flight is trying to arrange for all the remaining Kansas World War II veterans to get to see the national memorial before the end of the year.

“This is our fourth trip and we have about six more trips scheduled for this summer and fall,” said Lowell Downey, Kansas Honor Flight treasurer. “We’re taking about a trip each month through October.”

The organization depends on donations. It costs $700 to send one veteran on a Kansas Honor Flight.

If you would like to learn more, visit KansasHonorFlight.org.

The veterans who have been in Washington this week will arrive back at Mid-Continent Airport at approximately 4:45 Friday afternoon.

Kansas Honor Flight would like a good turnout of people to welcome the veterans at the airport.

If you would like to take part, bring a flag and join the other greeters starting at 4 p.m. in the airport foyer.

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