'Honor Flight' Veterans Receive Warm Welcome Home

Jim Gudas
July 10, 2019 - 10:21 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Hundreds of family members and supporters filled the arrival area of Midway Airport Wednesday to welcome home veterans of World War Two, Korea and Vietnam from a very special day trip to our nation’s capital.

WBBM’s Jim Gudas was there.

Some of the veterans were in wheelchairs, some walked with canes. All were greeted with wild cheers, American flags and homemade signs as they returned from the latest Honor Flight of Chicago-area veterans.

The trips allow veterans a chance to visit Washington’s war memorials.

Philip Givens, who served in the Air Force in Korea, was overwhelmed by the welcome he got after leaving the plane.

The Honor Flights are special for all veterans, but especially for those of World War II. Each day, the number of surviving members of the Greatest Generation gets smaller.