Former Sabetha resident serves as Honor Flight volunteer

Submitted by Susie Kreifel-Huber

Susie Kreifel-Huber received the Honor of serving as a guardian assisting veterans on a “Nebraska Purple Heart Flight” that flew to Washington, D.C. and back on Friday, May 24. The flight of 181 involved Purple Heart recipients, Gold Star families whose loved one passed in service, guardians including Kreifel- Huber, and media. The eventful day included stops in D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Iwo Jima, the WWII Memorial, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, as well as the Vietnam, Korea, and the Remembering Our Fallen Memorials.

Kreifel-Huber was selected to be a guardian again on this flight because other guardians stated she is a valued volunteer who is appreciated because of her “compassion, love and desire to help others.”   

Kreifel-Huber estimates she has served on 10 of the 13 Nebraska Veterans “Honor Flights” in the past decade. These flights include taking Veterans from WWII, Vietnam, and the Korean War in addition to Nebraska’s All-Female Veterans Flight that went to D.C. September 2018, as well as the latest “Purple Heart Veterans Flight” on May 24, 2019.

Kreifel-Huber is the daughter of the late George (Babe) Kreifel, Jr., highly decorated WWII Veteran who also was a Purple Heart recipient, and the late Leota (Callam) Kreifel, of Table Rock, Neb.

Kreifel-Huber lived in Sabetha for more than 25 years and formerly worked for USD No. 441 as the administrative assistant under Von C. Lauer.

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