Korean War veterans now welcome aboard Honor Flight Chicago
Tomorrow is a historic day for Honor Flight Chicago. It will be their 70th flight since they started taking veterans to Washington D.C. in 2008. But this year for the very first time, they’re not only taking World War II veterans, they’re also welcoming those from the Korean War. WGN was the only Chicago television station invited on board the inaugural flight. And what we witnessed appeared to be a healing experience for those who served in “The Forgotten War.”
There are 1500 veterans on a waiting list tonight. It takes thousands of volunteers and thousands of dollars- some $82,000 per flight- to honor these veterans in this way. Honor Flight Chicago gets no government funding and won't accept money from the veterans themselves so they could you your help. You can find applications, volunteer forms, and donation information by clicking these links.
Reporter Steve Sanders, Producer Pam Grimes, and Photojournalist Mike D'Angelo contributed to this report.