WICHITA, Kan. — Friday morning several veterans got a true hero’s welcome.
“These are the rockstars from 70 years ago and they’re our real heroes,” said Mike VanCampen, Kansas Honor Flights president.
Lines of active duty military, family members, friends, and complete strangers lined the hall to cheer on the 27 veterans that spent two days in DC on a Kansas Honor Flight trip. They saw the monuments dedicated to their service and were celebrated for the sacrifices made to support our country.
“My veteran had no idea that that was going to happen,” said Steve Meadows, a Kansas Honor Flight guardian. “H e said this is something I didn’t expect, he was choked up, you know, and it’s very good to see people doing the right thing and taking care of these guys that took care of us.”
“It was quite impressive,” said World War II Navy veteran, Duane Denny. “We saw them at the other airports and such, but this far excelled the other ones”
Like all the other veterans, Duane Denny’s trip to DC was sponsored, but his support came from students at Eisenhower High School in Goddard. Not only did they pay for the trip, they also were there to welcome him home.
“Sometimes when we write a check and send it off somewhere we don’t get to see actually how people respond to it,” said Frank Dwornicki, “coming here we were able to see their gratefulness and what the money actually went towards and how big of an impact we actually had.”
“It’s great when students realize what these men and women did for us and they want to make a lasting memory,” said VanCampen. “They understand this probably the last hurrah for them.”
For more information on the program, visit http://kansashonorflight.org/.