Kansas high school sponsors vet flight

By The Mercury

Kansas veterans will be traveling to Washington, D.C. again on the fifth Honor Flight accompanied by high school students from Kansas.

Jackson Heights High School is sponsoring the flight and sending 17 students to accompany 25 veterans.

Six veterans of World War II and 19 veterans from the Korean Conflict will fly to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial for one day. There is no charge to the participants for this flight.

Jackson Heights sponsored its first Honor Flight in April of 2009 and since then has helped 118 WW II veterans participate in the experience. A team of staff and medical personnel accompany the students and veterans.

Local veterans participating are John Lindholm of Manhattan, who was a major in the Air Force and a pilot with the 457th Bomb Group; John Blythe, also a major in the Air Force who completed 187 missions; and Richard Philbrook of Wamego, who served in the Navy.

This is the first time the Jackson Heights Honor Flight is taking Korean vets on the trip. There are several participating from northeast Kansas.

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