More than 500 Nebraska Vietnam War veterans will be heading to Washington D.C. on June 6th for the Combat Veterans Honor Flight. Veterans from almost 200 Nebraska communities will travel with their comrades on this short but exciting trip.
Patriotic Production’s Bill Williams organized the trip and says, “I think this is going to be a very emotional experience for these combat veterans. We are honored to step up and make this happen for them. It is going to be a wonderful event that we are all going to remember.”
The veterans will be treated to a pre-flight dinner Sunday at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. Then it is a very early wake-up call as groups of veterans head to Eppley Airfield to board one of three planes that will take them to Washington D.C. They will then board one of twelve buses for the tour of the city.
Veterans will attend a ceremony at the Vietnam Wall and see the Lincoln Memorial and Korea War Memorial. They will get a bus tour of the city before heading to the World War II Memorial, Iwo Jima and then arrive at Arlington National Cemetery. The buses will be escorted to the Tomb of the Unknowns and see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The veterans will also visit the Air Force Memorial.
The buses head back to Regan National Airport around 7 p.m. for the flights back to Eppley Airfield in Omaha. Williams says this is where all Nebraskans can take part.
Williams says, “This has been a long time coming. We encourage people to come to the airport Monday evening between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. There were 3,000 people to greet the final Korea flight two years ago. We expect 4,000 for this one so let’s all come out and give them the homecoming they deserve.”