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89 veterans take part in rescheduled Eastern Iowa Honor Flight

Oct 04, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS (The Gazette) — A large crowd turned out Tuesday night to welcome home and say “thank you” to 89 veterans who took part in a daylong trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

Tuesday’s trip was rescheduled from Sept. 19 when dense fog resulted in the flight being canceled for the first time in the organization’s history.

George Rickey, Honor Flight public relations and media coordinator, said nearly all of the veterans who were scheduled to make the Sept. 19 trip were able to take part in Tuesday’s Honor Flight.

The next flight, which is fully booked, takes place Oct. 17. It is the last of four flights scheduled this year. Rickey encourages the public to make plans to come out to The Eastern Iowa Airport around 10 p.m. that night to welcome the next group of veterans home.

Rickey said while in Washington, D.C., veterans and those accompanying them on the flight, visit the World War II, Korean and Vietnam memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery and other memories. Tuesday’s trip also brought with it an opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Founded in 2009, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight to date has offered 29 trips to Washington, D.C., transporting 2,482 veterans. Tuesday’s flight included one veteran from World War II, 29 from Korea and 59 from Vietnam.

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