To the Editor:
In November 2012, the local chapter of the National Honor Society established Kansas Honor Flight-Wamego High School as a recognized hub of the Honor Flight Network centered in Springfield, Ohio.
The mission of the organization is to fly veterans to Washington, D.C., to witness firsthand the memorials con-structed to their service and sacrifice at no cost to them —they paid their dues long ago.
Our hub is based upon the model established by Lyndon High School, pairing members of our Greatest Generation with America’s next generation. Kansas is the only State to have multiple hubs that connect generations in this fashion.
We were able to take our inaugural flight in spring 2013 in conjunction with the Lyndon hub. Nine area veterans — four World War II and five Korean War veterans — were able to make our initial flight. On May 27 and 28 of this year, we were able to fly 25 veterans — eight World War II and 17 Korean War veterans — to our nation’s capital. Although expenses were covered, in part, through NHS fundraising, an effort of this size and scope could not be under-taken without the help of private donors, community partner-ships, the support of local businesses and grant money. A special thank you goes out to all area donors who made this possible for our heroes.
Our republic requires safe-guarding of liberty and sacrifice for the common good. Our veterans are living examples of civic responsibility. To continue honoring our veterans through this program, Kansas Honor Flight–Wamego High School will have an annual flight every spring.
For those who are, or know, one of our World War II or Korean veterans, please feel free to contact me so that I may deliver an application.
Keep ’em flying!