50th Honor Flight veterans welcomed home from DC trip

2 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, November 07 2017 Nov 7, 2017 Tuesday, November 07, 2017 11:30:00 PM CST November 07, 2017 in News
By: Craig White, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Veterans aboard the 50th Central Missouri Honor Flight were welcomed home from their trip to Washington D.C. with a Walk of Honor on Tuesday night.

The trip brought 108 veterans from World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars to Washington for a day to visit memorials and honor their service.

Veterans took tours of the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Marine Corps Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Women in Military Service Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. They were also acknowledged at the Tomb of the Unknown during the Changing of the Guard.

On the group's drive back, a group of motorcyclists known as Honor Flight Riders joined the route and escorted veterans back home. They were also welcomed by fireworks on the last stretch of Interstate 70.

Vietnam War veteran David Larimore, who served in the Marines from 1960-1964, said he really appreciated the work done by the group.

"It really made me feel like I was worth something being in the military and serving for this country," he said.

Larimore said he talked with many veterans on the trip who come from various parts of the state.

"It's just the camaraderie," he said. "If you've ever been in the military, they go through the same things that I've gone through, so it's easy to make friends if you've been in the military cause you understand the language that they speak cause you speak the same language."

Since 2009, Central Missouri Honor Flight has brought around 3,300 veterans to Washington, and the group has more than 500 veterans on the waiting list to visit. More than $3 million has been raised so the trip is free to veterans.

The group's next flight will take place in April. It invites non-veterans to donate to their non-profit so other veterans have the opportunity to make the trip.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri addressed international students via email in regards to the guidelines enforced by the Department... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 5:01:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. ... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 5:00:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- University of Missouri Police Department officers arrested Columbia man Ian M. Laird, 20, for sidewalk vandalism near the Thomas... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 4:24:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Citing "severe staffing shortages," the City of Columbia suspended all curbside recycling pickup effective Wednesday. In a... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 4:19:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —Businesses across mid-Missouri received millions in loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, a coronavirus relief program aimed at... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 4:06:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — South Callaway School District superintendent Kevin Hillman announced on Wednesday plans for the upcoming semester. As of... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 3:44:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2020 Show-Me State Games have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The games have been... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 3:15:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Today is the last day to register for voting in the August 4 primary election in Boone County.... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Hey sleepyheads -- have you been turning off or covering up all your smartphone and computer lights in... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 12:31:24 PM CDT July 08, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - The University of Missouri System will introduce a plan Wednesday to bring high-speed, affordable broadband internet... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 9:45:22 AM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - The Boone County Commission has no plans to follow Columbia’s lead and impose a countywide mask... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 9:41:19 AM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - Registered voters in Missouri will be able to vote absentee, by mail or in person with... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 9:36:24 AM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 9:16:00 AM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
HOWARD COUNTY - On Wednesday, the missing girl was found safe. An endangered person advisory was issued in Howard... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, July 08 2020 Jul 8, 2020 Wednesday, July 08, 2020 5:06:00 AM CDT July 08, 2020 in News
COOPER COUNTY - A man from Gravois Mills was killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash on Route B, north of... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 10:37:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - At the entrance to the playground at Cosmo Park in Columbia, you'll find a brightly colored message waiting... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 9:28:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia Public School District gave parents and students the option of attending in-person classes, or attending online classes... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 9:27:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A Missouri man suspected in a Tennessee kidnapping was found during a traffic stop in Mississippi.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 9:01:42 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
9pm 84°
10pm 82°
11pm 80°
12am 78°