It's a homecoming many Kansas veterans never got. Today a crowd gathered to welcome home the latest honor flight at the Best Western Airport Inn.
For the men who sacrificed so much.
Jo Ann Duncan, Honor Flight volunteer, said "we raised the money to send them back to DC to honor them and their service."
The Honor Flight, a small token of appreciation. Jo Ann said, "some of them gave everything for us and for the ones that came we are giving them a welcome home because so many of them didn't get a welcome home when they came back from Korea."
A batch of Korean veterans and a couple of World War II vets caught the sights of DC. Ray Miller, a Korean War Veteran on the trip, said "it's unbelievable the treatment we have received all through the three days of this trip."
Korean Vet Ray Miller spent eight months and nine days in Korean. Visiting the Korean War Memorial brings back memories. He said, "the heroes are buried in Korea. I'm not a hero."
As the vets sight see, back at home families and supporters eagerly await their return. Especially Ray's daughter-in-law. She said, "we're excited to hear about the trip."
A homecoming for the men who served in the Forgotten War. A type of welcome they never had. Jo Ann Duncan said, "it's just to show them that we appreciate everything they did for us."
While flight changes affected their arrival, they were bussed from Kansas City to Wichita and escorted by various patriotic motorcycle groups. And when the bus finally arrives, the vets emerged, and they're treated like celebrities.
This is just the crowd for them outside. Inside, another story. Bag pipes chime in these vets as uniformed soldiers salute the men.
Herb Duncan, Honor Flight Volunteer, said "we're here to honor our veterans who have served in the past."
Veteran, Dick Janda, said "I'll remember it for the rest of my life."
A homecoming fit for a hero, an experience for these humble men that words can't describe. Miller said, "it's unbelievable. I'm not worth it."