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Culver to join Iowa veterans at WWII Memorial

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Governor Chet Culver will meet with hundreds of Iowa veterans Wednesday at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. after they arrive on their "Honor Flight."

The veterans will be visiting Washington on a trip organized by Central Iowa Honor Flight, a program that takes veterans to see the nation's capital and the monuments to their service at no cost to them. Governor Culver will meet the Iowa veterans in Washington.

"The men and women of the ‘greatest generation' truly saved the world, and came home to build the state and country we love,' said Governor Culver. "So, while these flights are a tribute to them, as Governor it is my honor to join with our veterans as we publicly thank them for their service to our country."

The Honor Flight organization has introduced an educational program in which elementary school students write thank-you letters to veterans traveling on each flight. As part of this program, Governor Culver will present letters from his children to two veterans.

This is the third Honor Flight offered to Iowa World War II veterans at no cost. The first was sponsored by Hy-Vee on Aug. 11, the second by Casey's General Stores on Oct. 13, and this third flight is again being sponsored by Hy-Vee. Casey's is actively raising money for future flights from Sioux City and the Quad Cities.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to thank our heroes for their military service by offering free flights to Washington D.C. and tours of the monuments to their service. Find more information at www.centraliowahonorflight.org.

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