Military Salute Event Raises Awareness Of Honor Flights

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

Salute To Veterans Fundraiser for Honor Flight
Saturday, November 12, 5 p.m.
Jabara Airport
$50 ticket donation

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Friday, September 30, 2011

"Some of the books nowadays don't really tell too much of the story. It's been so long ago," said Dr. Lewis Smith, a World War II Air Force veteran from Wichita.

It's been 66 years since the end of World War II. The WaterWalk Military Salute event honored veterans who fought during that war.

"It makes us feel good that we're recognized for our service but more important, I think it makes people more aware of what people in the military have done," said Smith. "I think it brings a great deal of sympathy for the current military too."

Friday evening's event also helped raise money for the Central Prairie Honor Flight. It is an organization that flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. and gives them an opportunity to visit the memorial built in their honor.

"These men and women gave their lives for our freedom today. History, as time goes on, the amount of World War II history and the books are less and less," said Herb Duncan, Wichita coordinator for the Honor Flight.

Organizers said 1,500 World War II veterans die each day in this country. The number amounts to 28 Kansas veterans who can no longer share that part of history.

"These men and women paid the price for our freedom, that we enjoy today, and the young folks today need to understand that," said Duncan.

Honor Flight organizers are pleading with Kansans to give enough money to send every Kansas World War II veteran before it's too late.

"If everyone in the state of Kansas were to donate one dollar to Honor Flight, we could fly every World War II Kansas veteran back to Washington, D.C. on Honor Flight, at one time," said Duncan.

To learn more about the Central Prairie Honor Flight or how you can help, click here.

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