An Honor Flight to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is being organized for veterans of the conflict from Nebraska and western Iowa.
The one-day trip is for men and women who served in the war zone in 1950 to 1953, said organizers Bill and Evonne Williams of Omaha.
The trip is tentatively scheduled for sometime in October, if funds can be collected to charter the aircraft and pay for motor coach transportation in Washington, meals and other expenses. About $100,000 is needed.
“Korean War veterans have not received the appreciation they deserve, mainly because they are the younger brothers of the World War II veterans,” said Evonne Williams. “We need to do this now.”
Saturday is the 60th anniversary of the signing of an armistice ending the fighting.
Bill Christensen, president of the Korean War Veterans' Association, Nebraska Chapter 1, said he and other Korea veterans are excited about an opportunity to see the memorial.
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“We hope it happens,” he said.
Participants also would visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
The Williamses organized seven Heartland Honor Flights that took 1,500 Nebraska World War II veterans to see the WWII memorial in Washington in 2008 and 2009.
Applications for the Korean War Memorial trip can be downloaded at PatrioticProductions.org. Completed forms should be mailed to Patriotic Productions, 16213 Lamp St., Omaha, NE 68118.
Tax-deductible donations can be made online or mailed to the Korean War Veterans Honor Flight Fund at the Midlands Community Foundation, 945 N. Adams St., Suite 7, Papillion, NE 68046. The foundation's website is www.MidlandsCommunity.org.
Patriotic Productions also produces Remembering Our Fallen touring memorial displays of troops killed in the war on terror. Displays have been created for Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, North Dakota, Kansas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Texas. A display for Georgia will be unveiled this fall.
The Williamses created Patriotic Productions to honor America's military and to remember the fallen.