Manhattan Military Relations Committee luncheon with Wamego Honor Flight

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - More than ninety people attended Wednesday’s Military Luncheon hosted by the Military Relations Committee and held at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Manhattan.

Today’s speakers were representatives from the Kansas Honor Flight at Wamego High School, Shawn Hornung, Suzy Sprenkle, Kendra Hamman, Ellie Hildreth, and Don Riffey.

The Wamego High School has traveled to Washington DC for 7 Kansas Honor flights and in April of 2020 they will take their eighth flight.

Wamego High School students must be members of the Honor Society to apply to be a student guardian for a veteran on the honor flight.

Those who are not chosen to travel assist with the planning and execution of the homecoming celebration held at the return of the trip.

While the first flight had only 9 veteran participants they have taken a total of one hundred fifty nine veterans over the seven total flights.

“It is especially important to have this homecoming because veterans may not have received a homecoming from their country as they came home” Honor Flight Homecoming Committee member, Senior at Wamego High School, Kendra Hamman says.

“To show them that they really are an amazing part of society and they’ve made a huge difference.” Honor Flight Student guardian, Senior at Wamego High School, Ellie Hildreth says.

“If you ever get the opportunity to go on a flight please do it you’ll never regret it, It’s a great experience.” 2016 Kansas Honor Flight participant, Vietnam Veteran, Don Riffey says.

Wamego High School will take its next Kansas Honor flight trip is April 29th and 30th 2020. with the Homecoming celebration being held when they return on April 30th.