A chartered bus will depart from Parsons High School at 1:30 a.m. Monday for a two-day, whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C.
This will be the third Honor Flight sponsored by Parsons High School. Twenty-four area veterans will be accompanied by 24 high school students and eight adults. Veterans making the trip include two Korean War veterans and 22 who served in Vietnam.
Day One of the journey will include visits to the U.S. Navy Memorial, U.S. Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial (U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial), Arlington National Cemetery and the changing of the guard.
On the second day, the group will tour the memorials in honor of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Other stops will include both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials and a short stop at the White House. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, plans to visit with the group, and other congressional representatives are hoping to visit with the veterans.
“As we prepare for our third Honor Flight trip to our nation’s capital, I am thankful for all of the individuals and businesses that have contributed so much to make this trip possible,” coordinator Mike Kastle of Parsons said. “The twenty-four veterans who are to be our special guests for this two-day trip are so very deserving, and it is only with the generous donations that this is possible. The guardians and support staff are so excited to take this trip and be able to honor our veterans in this way.”
A Facebook page has been created for those who would like to follow along with the journey and stay up to date with the veterans’ activities. Also, some staff will post on Instagram and Twitter.
The community is welcome to attend the send-off of the veterans and guardians from Parsons High School. Those who want to view their departure should be at the school by 1:15 a.m. Monday. Those who would like to welcome the group home on Wednesday should be at the school by 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Updates on the return time will be on the social media sites.