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Eastern Iowa veterans board Washington D.C.-bound Honor Flight

Tuesday morning, 86 veterans came to the Eastern Iowa Airport to board an Honor Flight which took them to Washington D.C. for the day.

Tuesday morning, 86 veterans came to the Eastern Iowa Airport to board an Honor Flight which took them to Washington D.C. for the day.

Two of the veterans - a father and son - came from a family with five generations of veterans. They said they were thrilled to make a meaningful trip together.

“I'm gonna make a flight of the lifetime,” said Robert Clark, who served in World War II. He stood next to his son, Don, and put his arm around him. “I'm gonna make one with my son, and I wouldn't miss this the world.”

“This is the greatest day of my life,” said his son, Don Clark.

The Clarks and 84 other veterans traveled to visit the WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials. They will also lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The flight was initially scheduled for September 19 but was canceled due to fog. However, the majority of the veterans were able to make the rescheduled flight on October 3. The flight was sponsored by Rockwell Collins.

Tuesday evening at 10:05 p.m., the plane will land at the Eastern Iowa Airport. The Honor Flight organization encourages Eastern Iowa community members to welcome home the veterans as they arrive. Many of the veterans never received a “thank you” when they returned home from active duty. Now, volunteers at the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight organization say they hope that tonight will give the veterans the opportunity to receive much-deserved appreciation. Parking will be free, and organizers advise to arrive early.

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