Heartland Honor Flight reunion: Veterans swap stories in special gathering

OLATHE, Kan. - About 30 veterans, mostly from World War II, gathered at a Johnson County retirement home Wednesday for a special reunion.

The group met Wednesday at Aberdeen Village in Olathe. They were all part of a group of 120 veterans who traveled on the Heartland Honor Flight to Washington DC last May. 

Ray Pitman is a resident at Aberdeen and an Army veteran who served during World War II. He hosted the event.

"We like to get together and talk about our stories on the trip and our stories of when we served our country," said Pitman.

"It was just a joy to be in Washington DC and see all the memorials and sights and enjoy being together," Pitman added.

The Heartland Honor Flight is part of the national Honor Flight program that Charters flights for veterans to Washington DC so they can see the various memorials.

Another Honor Flight is scheduled for this October.  The cost is about $40,000 to charter the plane. The October trip is paid for through generous donations. However, donations are still needed for a trip planned for the spring of next year

World War II veterans can apply to take the trip by visiting http://www.heartlandhonorflight.org/. You can also visit that site to make a donation.

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