(Neb)-Latest Veterans Honor Flight Caravan Leaves Chadron Thursday Listen
CHADRON - The 12th Veterans Memorial Flight from the Northern Panhandle to Washington, DC, leaves Chadron on Thursday.
Making the trip are 11 veterans, each accompanied by a companion called a Guardian - and 2 of those Guardians are veterans themselves.
Businessman Rob Wahlstrom and attorney Marty Connealy began the local program after seeing stories about the National Honor Flight program, created take WWII veterans to the nation's capital to see the then-new WWII Memorial.
The local veterans flights are now organized by a non-profit organization, Nebraska Mid-American Honor Flight Inc, and takes veterans from all eras - all at no cost to the veterans.
Larry Hix, himself a Vietnam vet, is chairman of the group and says they're able to do it because of donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals.
There will be a sendoff ceremony for the latest honor flight Thursday morning at 9:00 at the Chadron American Legion, with a caravan of SUVs and vans donated by the local car dealers leaving from the Legion at 10:00.
Chadron area residents are invited to both attend the ceremony and then find a spot along Bordeaux or 3rd Streets to wave to the veterans as they pass before heading south on Highway 385. Past caravans have often been met with similar displays as they pass by or through other towns en route.
The veterans will have lunch in Scottsbluff and continue on through Kimball and Fort Morgan before spending tomorrow night at a motel near the Denver airport.
They will fly out Friday, meet other veterans from similar flights in the Washington area, and spend Saturday touringthe capital. They will fly back to Denver on Sunday, then caravan back to Chadron.
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