“I’ve never been this proud,” said Curtis resident, and nurse, Stephanie Schultz talking about her upcoming trip to Washington D.C. with 24 Korean War veterans and their escorts.
Schultz, a Registered Nurse, who works in the Emergency Room at Great Plains Regional Medical Center, will be acting as the flight nurse on the inaugural Buffalo County, Korean War, Hero Flight.
The trip to our nations capital costs nothing to each veteran. The flight and hotel costs are expected to be between $55,000 and $60,000, with all money coming from donations made by the public
Schultz, a native of Kearney, was asked by a family friend if she would be interested in the flight nurse role.
“I am honored to do this. Being around these veterans really chokes me up. They have done so much for our country,” said Schultz last week when talking about the trip.
The three day, whirlwind trip to D.C. starts this Wednesday in Kearney where a send-off party kicks off the festivities. A presentation at the American Legion Club will provide an introduction of each veteran, pictures of the entire group, then a patriotic guard flag line.
Following the ceremonies in Kearney the veterans, and their escorts, along with a small support team, will then take a bus ride to Omaha where they will board a plane for DC.
On Thursday, their first full day in the Capital, the group plans on visiting the Air Force Memorial, view the Pentagon, visit Arlington National Cemetery and while there watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as visiting the Iwo Jima Memorial.
In the morning on Friday the group will then visit the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II memorial. The veterans will then lunch at the Army-Navy Club. Following lunch they will then visit the FDR Memorial and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. To conclude the visit the veterans will attend a banquet honoring Korean War Veterans.
“I’ve never been to DC, I am so excited to be part of this,” said Schultz talking about all the events planned for the group.
The Buffalo County Hero Flight is spearheaded by Dick and Janna Pierce along with Sherry Morrow and is affiliated with honorflight.org. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all of their sacrifices. Its mission is to transport America’s veterans to Washington DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
According to its website, the inaugural Honor Flight Tour took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, OH taking 12 World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, D.C..