Photo by Tim Webb

Photo by Tim Webb

HFK to send WWII veterans to DC on April 22

April 22 will be a day to remember for 73 of our nation’s heroes from 41 Kentucky counties.

Of the group, there will be 29 World War II, 42 Korean War and two Vietnam War veterans flying to Washington, D.C., that day to see memorials dedicated to them – free of charge.

“We have one mission – to send as many of these brave heroes to see the memorials that are dedicated to their service and sacrifices,” said Honor Flight Kentucky Board Member George Campbell. “Many of the veterans who’ve made the trip say it’s one of the best days of their lives.”

Adding to the excitement of the day, veterans will have the opportunity to meet with Governor Matt Bevin. He is scheduled to accompany the veterans on the flight.

“We are blessed to live in a country where the freedoms we so often take for granted have been purchased at great price,” Gov. Bevin said. “Honor Flights are just a small way for us to recognize our military veterans and celebrate their service to our nation. Many of these veterans and their families have sacrificed much and are deserving of our utmost respect and support. I encourage all Kentuckians to learn more about the Honor Flights in their area this year and lend their support.”

The public is invited to honor these heroes by attending the “Welcome Home Celebration” by 9 p.m. at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, when veterans will return from their day of reflecting. More than 1,000 people have attended previous celebrations. Shuttles will be available for overflow parking that evening.

The Honor Flight Network is comprised of more than 130 non-profit charitable chapters located in 45 states. Veterans who participate will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to visit the memorials. Since the network’s inception in 2005, more than 180,000 veterans have flown to D.C., free of charge.

Veterans, who are accompanied by a Guardian, will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Air Force Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Arlington National Cemetery. For more information, visit www.honorflightky.org.