Korean War veteran welcomed home from Honor Flight

Hopkinsville and Christian County welcomed home Keith Litchfield Wednesday afternoon, a Korean War veteran who returned from taking the Honor Flight Bluegrass to the nation’s capital this week.

Litchfield was welcomed home by family, friends, and a police escort from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department, Hopkinsville Police Department and Hopkinsville Fire Department, in spite of the rain. He got to explore the nation’s capital and visit the war memorials there during his trip, along with 80 other veterans from across the region.

Litchfield says he had a blast, especially during the return trip where he shook hands with thousands of people across Kentucky who thanked him for his service.

Organizer Lela Hale says the Honor Flight gives veterans a chance for a once-in-a-life-time experience.

Litchfield received a signed certificate from the Kentucky Senate, thanking him for his years of service and honor, signed by the Senate President and Senator Whitney Westerfield. Judge-Executive Steve Tribble read and presented him with a proclamation declaring it Keith Litchfield Day.

Organizers ask for those who are able to travel to sign up at honorflightbluegrass.com and take the trip and Litchfield says he’ll be encouraging others to do so.