Show Me Honor Flight took flight No. 17 to Washington, D.C., on June 17. One WWII veteran, four Korean War veterans, 35 Vietnam War veterans and 16 escorts, which included three medical people, were on the trip.
The group visited the WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln and Air Force memorials, as well as a city bus tour and on to Arlington National Cemetery to view the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown.
According to Pam Burlingame, co-founder and president of Show Me Honor Flight, there were many school kids at the various memorials, and many of them came up to the veterans to thank them for their service and get their picture taken with them.
“We came home to a wonderful welcome from Sedalia,” Burlingame said. “At the Marshall junction we were met by motorcycle riders and were escorted by them as well as law enforcement vehicles. We were given a Water Honor Salute by the Sedalia Fire Department. Many people were on the street holding ‘Welcome Home’ signs and American flags. Once we turned down Osage (Avenue) we could see the motorcycles lined up on the street, at the end of the street was Central Missouri Electric Coop’s huge American flag hanging high from a bucket truck, the Honor Guard in front of the flag and many people cheering our veterans home. It was a sight to see, and really touched the veterans.”
Show Me Honor Flight is planning flight No. 18 for some time in September, but an exact date has not been set.