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On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight will launch Flight #43. The mission of this non-profit organization is to provide veterans with a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to visit monuments and memorials built in honor of their service and sacrifice. Since the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight began operations in 2009, 42 flights have transported 3,791 veterans, along with their guardians to Washington, DC. The trip entails visits to the WWII, Korean, Vietnam memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery for a special wreath dedication. With 88 veterans scheduled to board, the flight consists of (9) Korean War, (4) Korean/Vietnam Wars, (75) Vietnam War veterans.

"Our mission is to make the day one they'll never forget," states Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Vice President, Jason Brandon. "We take great pride in ensuring all veterans have, not only the opportunity to travel to Washington DC, but also receive a proper welcome home."

Veterans will begin reporting into the Eastern Iowa Airport at 5:45 a.m. on flight day with an estimated departure time of 7:15 a.m. The flight is scheduled to return to Cedar Rapids at 8:45 p.m. Many flight veterans never received a "thank you" when they returned from their service. As a community, this is our chance to make up for that. Everyone is invited to attend the "Welcome Home" celebration at the Eastern Iowa Airport, which will involve a military band, flag line, local police and fire departments, and lots of emotions. Parking in both the long-term and short-term lots is free when you pick up a parking pass at the information booth in the terminal. You will present this pass, along with your parking ticket, when you leave the lot that evening.

"I can't even describe the feeling that I had when everyone shook my hand, gave me a hug and welcomed me home," said recent Honor Flight veteran, Jerry Powers, USAF. "I will treasure this great trip as one of the most wonderful happenings in my life, and I will never forget the welcome home crowd! Never."

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is an entirely volunteer organization that does not receive any government funding. To support this mission through a donation, please visit our website: www.eihonorflight.org. Donations can be made via check by submitting a donation form or online via PayPal. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

About the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers dedicated to honor and pay tribute to WWII, Korean, Vietnam Era and other Veterans. The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is an official hub of the Honor Flight Network, allowing the acceptance of applications from veterans in Benton, Iowa, Jasper, Jones, Johnson, Linn, Marshall, South Tama, Poweshiek and Washington counties. It is our goal to take every veteran that applies.

All Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard veterans serving during war or peacetime, overseas or stateside are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to WWII and Korean War veterans, as well as those with catastrophic illness. Next priority is given to Vietnam veterans followed by those from other conflicts. You are still eligible and encouraged to apply even if you did not serve in combat. Due to the large waiting list, please apply only once. Your application will be kept on file in the order it was received.

For additional information about the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, contact: Dick Bell Board President easterniowahonorflight@gmail.com

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