Washington D.C. welcomes 135 veterans in all-female honor flight

Kaylah Jackson
September 24, 2018 - 3:31 pm

Photo courtesy of The Women's Memorial

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135 women veterans were honored on a special all-female honor flight that arrived at nation’s capital, on Monday. 

Patriot Productions, a Nebraska non-profit organization who sponsored the flight, have taken almost 3,500 veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Wars on honor flights. The latest trip paid respect to women veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The women were welcomed with signs and cheers after departing Eppley Airfield at 4:00 am and arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport this morning.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the women veterans got a special visit from well-known M*A*S*H actress Loretta Swit, who played Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on the popular televsion show. Swit spoke to the women at a dinner the night before their flight departure and accompanied the veterans on their trip to D.C. 

Susie Kreifel-Huber, whose father was a WWII veteran was a guardian during the trip. This was her seventh or eighth honor flight and says the opportunity to be apart of this all-female trip was overwhelming.

"There's such a bond between all veterans...but with the females, I think they just felt that they deserved this respect and honor because if it wasn't for the women standing right beside these men in service time then achieving these goals would not have been done," said Huber."It was just a tearjerker. It was emotional and very very memorable."

The Nebraska Female Veterans Flight had a full itinerary on their hands. The group of women warriors visited memorials on the National Mall, starting at the The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and ending at the United States Air Force Memorial.

But of course, no all-women veteran trip would be complete without a visit to the Women in Military Service Memorial where the women had lunch and connected with Heritage Girls and other active-duty servicewomen.

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