Dozens of veterans will be part of a historic flight departing Midway Airport on Wednesday.
The 93 female veterans will take round-trip flights from Chicago’s Midway International Airport to visit the National Memorials in Washington, DC
The flight is part of Operation HerStory, which is described as “an initiative to highlight the vital contributions of female veterans.”
The group’s founding efforts were postponed from 2020 when Honor Flight Chicago asked female veterans to apply for the historic moment.
According to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, there are approximately 7,500 female veterans in Illinois who served in the active military between 1940 and 1975.
“Of these, it is estimated that less than 3% have flown from an Illinois Honor Flight hub to Washington, DC,” according to a group press release. “To date, more than 8,900 veterans who served in these wars have made this trip with Honor Flight Chicago.”
The group on the flight consists of two World War II veterans, seven Korean War veterans, and 84 Vietnam War veterans from the Chicago area. They served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force.