Honor Flight Chicago To Now Include Vietnam Veterans On Flights To D.C.

Mike Krauser
November 07, 2018 - 1:10 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Mike Krauser


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Honor Flight Chicago has announced that starting next year it will include Vietnam veterans on its flights to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials.   

A group of veterans on motorcycles rode to Soldier Field for the announcement in front of the doughboy statue by Honor Flight Chicago CEO and co-founder Mary Pettinato.  .

“We are eager for our Vietnam-era heroes to walk side-by-side with our World War II and our Korean War heroes in our nation’s capital and to receive their day of honor,” she said. 

Honor Flight Chicago has taken more than 8,000 veterans to Washington over the past 10 years.  It started with World War II veterans and then added Korean War veterans.  

“Our Vietnam veterans can expect an incredible trip to Washington D.C., where they will tour their memorial, shake hands along the way, share stories with those who served alongside them and most importantly and finally receive the expression of gratitude that has been missing far too long.” 

Vietnam War veteran David Adams said his father-in-law, a World War II and Korean War veteran died before he could take an honor flight and he’ll be thinking of him when he goes.  

“I’ll also be carrying the memory at the wall of 14 of my squadron mates, classmates and friends who did not come back from Vietnam," he said.

Adams said he’s spoken with many veterans who have made the trip. 

“And invariably they tell me this:  ‘it was the most momentous day of my life.’  We Vietnam vets can expect a healing experience on out flight, especially when we go to the wall.”  

Vietnam veterans are encouraged to apply on honorflightchicago.org