The latest Honor Flight taking Panhandle veterans to our nation’s capitol got underway Thursday, starting with a caravan out of Chadron escorted by law enforcement and the Patriot Guard Riders.
The 11 veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars- plus their chaperones and sponsors -made a midday lunch stop at the Elks Lodge in Scottsbluff before moving on to overnight in Denver for a Friday flight to the Washington D.C.
Flight sponsor George Klein says the members of the group will find the memorials and monuments in Washington D.C. especially gratifying. “I had the privilege of seeing the Vietnam Memorial some years ago, but the World War II (monument) is really exemplary, and so is the Korean One,” says Klein. “Of course, to visit Arlington, and view the changing of the guard is really a thing to remember.”
Three years ago, Klein says he was among several veterans tapped to help organize and continue the Honor Flight tradition for the Panhandle. He says the current Honor Flight had to be delayed by a month as the national organization made way for a flight of veterans from World War II.