Flightless Honor Flight: 3:30 p.m. homecoming at Union Station

Annual Veterans’ Pen Celebration: 2-4 p.m. at the National World War I Museum and Memorial


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 23, 2018) – Grantham University, an online university with a 67-year history of educating military heroes, is proud to sponsor two events on Saturday, October 27th in support of military veterans.


In partnership with Honor Flight Network of Kansas City, Grantham is hosting a Flightless Honor Flight, a virtual tour of the Washington D. C. monuments, for the 728th Army Military Police Battalion on October 27 at Union Station. The specially scheduled “flight” is part of the battalion’s annual reunion, for which 21 Korean War veterans and family are traveling from around the country to attend. A portion of the afternoon will be spent at the WWI Museum, and the public is encouraged to gather at Union Station at 3:30 p.m. to give the veterans a warm welcome home from their “flight.”


“Since 1951, when Donald Grantham founded the university to serve fellow veterans returning from World War II, Grantham has been relentlessly dedicated to the education and career growth of military service members and veterans,” said Kathy Irvine, Grantham University fiscal operation specialist and Honor Flight board member. “It is an honor and a privilege to provide the Flightless Honor Flight for these very deserving heroes.”


The Flightless Honor Flight was originally created to allow veterans who couldn’t fly, whether for medical or personal reasons, to experience the tour virtually. Honor Flight Network of Kansas City coordinated the second-ever flightless flight in the country in 2015. This will be the hub’s fourth. The event on Saturday includes speakers, a Kansas City Fire Department water canon salute, a homecoming celebration with Kansas City Police Department escorts and Patriot Guard Riders, and participation in the annual Veterans Voices National Pen Day Celebration.


“I first experienced a Flightless Honor Flight in 2016 and was so moved that I requested one for my battalion’s annual reunion so my fellow veterans could experience it,” said Harry Watts, Korean War veteran and member of the 728th Army Military Police Battalion. “I will be eternally grateful to Honor Flight Network of Kansas City and Grantham University for allowing it to happen.”


The university is also sponsoring the Veterans’ Voices 55th Annual Veterans Pen Celebration, an event that celebrates writing as therapy for military veterans and raises funds for the Veterans’ Voices Writing Project. This year’s special guest speaker is Sonia Warshawsi, a Holocaust survivor featured in the award-winning documentary film, Big Sonia.


“Grantham is honored to support Veterans’ Voices, with several faculty members actively engaged in editing the writings of the participating veterans,” said Rich Wrobel, Veterans Voices board member and Grantham University faculty member. “Because of our online environment, we’re able to make it easier for veterans – both students and non-students – to submit writings for potential publication in the Veterans’ Voices magazine. It is an important therapeutic outlet for veterans, and we are proud to be involved.”


For more information on the Veterans Pen Celebration event, to be held from 2-4 p.m. on October 27th, email veteransvoices@sbcglobal.net or call (816) 701-6844.




About Honor Flight Network of Kansas City

Honor Flight Network of Kansas City, the regional hub of Honor Flight Network™, was founded in 2009 to transport veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit our nation’s war memorials. To date, 159,703 veterans have flown as part of the organization.


About Veterans Voices

Veterans Voices began in 1952 as an outreach program that enables military veterans to experience solace and satisfaction through writing and Veteran’s Pen Day Celebration is the program’s annual event.


About Grantham University and its military programs

Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Today, Grantham’s commitment to providing affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners. The university proudly helps students achieve their dreams through quality education that is enabled by a unique approach to comprehensive student support, one of the lowest tuitions in the country, and continual advancement in line with changing technologies.


Accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected distance learning university. The 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs.



Michelle Cheesman


About The Author

Brandon Swenson, communications manager, is on Grantham University’s editorial board. A veteran and college graduate himself, he understands the benefits and intricacies of government education programs, such as the post-9/11 GI Bill. Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City toward the end of his nearly two-decade tour in the United States Marine Corps.