CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 60 Korean War veterans received a special treat Wednesday, when they joined 40 World War II veterans on a free trip to Washington, D.C.
It was the inaugural trip of Korean War era veterans on an Honor Flight Chicago trip to Washington to visit national war memorials, and Wayne Messmer sang the Star Spangled Banner to give the veterans a rousing send-off from Midway International Airport.
Over the past eight years, Honor Flight Chicago has provided free trips to Washington for nearly 6,000 World War II veterans. However, fewer of them are healthy enough to take the free one-day trip with each passing year, so Honor Flight Chicago has started taking Korean War veterans as well.
Korean War veteran Dick Saunders, 85, spent 18 months deployed with the Army near Seoul, South Korea during the war.
“It’s just nice. It’s really great to be appreciated,” he said of the trip to D.C.