Patriotic Productions is now taking applications for their next honor flight to Washington D.C. Organizer Evonne Williams says they have put together eleven past flights that included veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam and decided to make number twelve much different. This flight is for women veterans only.
Williams says, “We said we weren’t going to do this again but we couldn’t resist when Bill (Williams) was inspired by an idea of a women’s only flight to D.C. for veterans, female veterans, any war, as long as they were deployed to a war zone.”
As in previous flights this is a one day trip. The group will fly out of Eppley Airfield in Omaha to Washington D.C. where they will board buses and tour our nation’s memorials and monuments. The tour also includes a stop at Arlington National Cemetery to see the changing of the guard ceremony and this time a special stop at the Women’s Memorial at the gates of the cemetery.
Williams says they started collecting applications. A committee will then determine who will go. WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans will be given priority because of their ages however women who served in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan are encouraged to apply.
Williams says, “A lot of us forget that there are so many women who play a major role in any war, whether it is behind the scenes or as you know with Iraq and Afghanistan, they are right there in the vehicles. Nebraska has lost three women in Iraq and Afghanistan so we felt it was very important to recognize the women who have served throughout the years. We just discovered someone from WWII who is 98 years old and wants to go.”
The tentative date of the honor flight is September 24th. Everyone on the plane, from the flight crew to guardians will be women. Applications and more details can be found at patrioticproductions.org.