The is hosting Night at Midway Airport on Wednesday, July 11, with help from Honor Flight Chicago.
Throughout the summer, Honor Flight Chicago takes groups of close to 100 World War II veterans to Washington D.C. free of charge for one day.
Veterans will arrive at Midway early Wednesday morning to depart for Washington D.C. While there, they will spend their time going to monuments, war memorials and other activities, according to President of the , .
Once the day is over, they will fly back home to Chicago. On the flight home the veterans, whose average age is 92, will open up letters from people close to them such as their grandchildren.
Village residents and officials are invited to come to Midway Airport's baggage claim area for a welcome home celebration that will begin at about 8 p.m. While waiting for the veterans' plane to land around 9 p.m., residents can listen to music from the Frankfort Brass Band.
After being led off the plane by bagpipes, the veterans' friends and family members will wait for them at the baggage claim area with flags and posters to show support, Herder said.
"It's really an awesome experience," she said. "[The World War II veterans] were never welcomed home, so many times this is the only welcome they've gotten."
The Frankfort Area Historical Society suggests carpooling and parking in a short-term garage for $10.
If you have questions about the event, call the Frankfort Historical Society at 815-469-6541.
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