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Iowans Enjoy Latest Honor Flight

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL)

"Thank you for your service—thank you." Iowa Veterans heard that al mostly constantly during Tuesday's inaugural Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque.

As the Iowa Veterans deplaned at Dulles airport, a heroes welcome gave them just a glimpse of what their day of well-deserved thank you's would be like the entire 19-hour-non-stop adventure.

A short history lesson for the Iowa Veterans during their stop at the WW II Memorial---as well as a solemn presentation of American Flags-honoring Iowans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms…

Many family relationships helped make this already emotional day even more meaningful…

Sisters Janelle Cox and Lisa Woodward and her sister, flew from Dubuque to DC a day early so they could be there when their father—Harold Bing Miller arrived at the WW2 Memorial.

What a shock for Veteran Paul Meyers—Paul's son Steve and Steve's wife, Pam, came to D.C. from Ohio to surprise Paul, who had no idea they were going to be at the Memorial:

What a great day for Ray Edgar: His Grandkids----Brother and sister Lee and Charity Edgar-live in the DC area—They greeted their Grandfather—at the Iwo Jima memorial…

Janelle Tucker of KMCH Radio interviewed Bill Wolter of Manchester…while Donald Boone, another Manchester Vet, gets his picture taken at the US Air Force Memorial.  A lot of cameras, and a lot of picture-taking on this very special day, as the Iowa Veterans of the Greatest Generation got a unique opportunity to reflect on their critical roles saving the world a war now some 70-years in the past.

The trip, which includes a tour, wouldn't be possible without local sponsors and great volunteers, like retired Dubuque Police Officer Dan Avenarius, whose brother, Dennis who organized the inaugural Honor Flight of Dubuque. Dennis is retired from the Dub County sheriff's Depart and enlisted the help of a dozen or so law enforcement officers for the effort.

And, what can you say about the amazing Welcome home late Tuesday night at the army reserve center---well-wishers packed the place—just to say ‘Thank You' to these Iowa WW Veterans.

 

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