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The next Honor Flight taking Kansas World War II Veterans to their memorial in Washington, DC leaves Tuesday. One of the 28 Veterans on this flight is 92 year old George Yohn.
George has so been looking forward to this trip that not even the fact that his home burned to the ground Saturday will keep him off the flight.
Kansas Honor Flight Organizer Mike Van Campen emailed me that George's home, located in the country about 10 miles SE of Greensburg, caught fire Saturday. " I got a call last night from his son, Rex, who is traveling with his Dad as his guardian. The only thing left after yesterday’s fire was the foundation of the house!", Mike said in the email.
After discussing it with his Dad, Rex told Mike they’ve decided to go ahead and make the Honor Flight, departing from KC on Tuesday morning and returning Thursday afternoon. "Isn’t that just typical of those of the Greatest Generation?", Mike says, "George literally got out of the house with his shoes & trousers….no hearing aids, no drivers license and no clothes."
Uh-oh....no driver's license? Now how is he going to get through airport security without that? Mike had an answer, "I’ve got a call in to TSA in KC and I’m guessing that there will be no problem of getting this 92 year old hero thru security at the airport even if they can’t produce a photo ID."
Well, let's certainly hope so.
The Honor Flight leaves Tuesday and returns Thursday. Most of the Veterans are traveling through Kansas City. Only 4 are departing and returning through Mid-Continent. George and his son, Rex, are flying through Kansas City.