An area veteran got his day of honor last Tuesday, September 25 when he took part in the Honor Flight, a trip to the nation’s capital to tour Washington D.C. and the memorials built to honor the nation’s veterans.
Gillespie Mayor John Hicks was one of the 84 veterans aboard last week’s flight with one of his daughters, Jody Hicks Carpani, by his side. Hicks served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. The flight included veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The cross-country trip lasted one day with boarding early in the morning and arrival back in Springfield to a hero’s welcome around 10 in the evening by a multitude of supporters.
During the all-day trip, the veterans visited the World War II memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, and the U.S. Air Force Memorial. They also visited the Air and Space Museum, viewed the Pentagon, and concluded their trip at Arlington National Cemetery where they visited the Tomb of the Unknowns and experienced the Changing of the Guard.