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Honor Flight departs from Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)--Dozens of veterans and guardians are headed to Washington, D.C. as part of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight program Tuesday.

The group gathered at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids starting around 4 a.m. before heading out on their journey.

Its a trip of a life time for veteran Robert Roese.

"I'm sure this is something I am going to remember," Roese said.

Roese served in Washington D.C. as a chief cable sensor. He is returning after working there nearly 65 years ago.

"Ever since he got the papers that said yes, he got to go on the flight, he has been gung-ho," said Gloria McVey, Honor Flight chaperone.

Along with the 100 veterans, about 60 chaperones are lucky enough to get the chance to ride along.

"I'm very fortunate to be a chaperone. He could have picked anybody, but he picked me," McVey said.

"They say the Veterans come back 10 years younger and the guardians come back 10 years older and that's truly the case," said Senior Master Sgt. Russell Dunn, a retired member of the Iowa Air National Guard.

Dunn and other area veterans showed up at the airport to see the group off.

"It's an honor to just get a few minutes to just thank them for their tremendous amount of time. These guys spent years in combat and just to thank them for that little bit of time, you can't put it into words," Dunn said.

The day will be spent touring the many monuments like the Arlington National Cemetery.

The group is expected to arrive back home around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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