Richard Finke, 85, of Hope participated in the Oct. 21 Indy Honor Flight for U.S. military veterans to see the national monuments in Washington, D.C., that honor veterans.
The nonprofit Indy Honor Flight, based in Plainfield, invites World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans to experience seeing the Washington memorials in a whirlwind free trip, where they are saluted upon their arrival and return by well-wishers and family.
Finke, who served in the Army during the Korean War, was accompanied by his daughter, Kelly Thayer, who served as his guardian on the flight.
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Several hundred people at the airport in Washington, D.C., lined up, cheered and thanked veterans for their service, which continued until their bus departure. The veterans’ return home to Plainfield High School also featured crowds with signs, the playing of bagpipes and each veteran’s name announced individually.