More than 600 Nebraska Vietnam veterans will take part in what’s being called “The Final Mission” honor flight next year.
Co-organizer Bill Williams says it will be the 11th flight overall where Nebraska veterans have flown to Washington D.C. to see their monuments.
Williams says these chartered flights are put on by Patriotic Productions and donations are being taken to fund this flight.
“This is the largest honor flight in the country, this is the most ever taken,” Williams says. “It’s going to be quite an undertaking and we could sure use some help.”
Williams says an important part of the May 1st flight is the return home to the Lincoln Airport.
He hopes for a repeat of a homecoming this summer that drew thousands of people to welcome the veterans back, which he says meant a lot to veterans.
“We had a guy that was on the June 6th flight come to our house a couple of months after the flight,” Williams said. The man said he’d had nightmares for 45 years, sleeping two or three hours a night. Ever since he got back from the flight and the welcome home with 5,000 people cheering, he sleeps eight hours a night and wakes up refreshed, like he’s “a new man.”
Williams says applications are being accepted from Nebraska Vietnam veterans to go on the flight at the website PatrioticProductions.org. Donations can be made at the same site.
By Nick Stevenson, WJAG, Norfolk