Kansas Honor Flight returns to hero’s welcome

WWII veterans are welcomed home to Wichita after a trip to Washington D.C.
WWII veterans are welcomed home to Wichita after a trip to Washington D.C.

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WICHITA, Kansas — It was a welcome home fit for true American heroes.

A Kansas Honor Flight returned from Washington, DC to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Friday afternoon. A huge crowd was there to welcome veterans as they returned from viewing a monument in their honor, and in memory of a war that ended 68 years ago.

Returning veteran Benny Leonard, who served in the US Army in the South Pacific, said he really appreciated the kind and thoughtful reception.

It was the welcome he did not receive when he returned from war nearly 70 years ago.

“It wasn’t just us soldiers protecting our country, it was everyone, shoulder to the wheel,” said World War II veteran Darrell Donahue, humbled by the experience. “Everyone was involved in the war effort. Not just us.”

Kansas Honor Flights relies solely on donations to get Kansas veterans to Washington, DC. For more information on Kansas Honor Flights, or to find out how you can help, click this link.

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