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Honor Flight comes to Waterloo

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A major announcement for World War II veterans in the Cedar Valley. Next June, an Honor Flight will depart for the first time from the Waterloo Regional Airport.

"It's kind of awesome. It just hit home around 2:00 this afternoon (Wednesday). And I haven't... I'm not sure it's all set in yet. But it will," said WWII vet Lloyd Harp.

Harp is one of the first notified, he has a seat on the inaugural "Sullivan Hartogh Davis Honor Flight."

"I lost an uncle and a cousin, their names will be on, and a lot of friends," he said.

"I went to the wall years ago, and it's a cleansing... it's something you need to do," said organizer, and Vietnam Vet, Craig White.

White is humbled and, frankly, honored to bring Honor Flight to Waterloo.

"Awesome, awesome. My father served, and four of his brothers served. And four of them passed away before they had they had a chance. So I have one uncle that hopefully will get to go," said White.

Hy-Vee has been a major sponsor for the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight which made its second trip September 14. There's nothing in writing yet, but Cedar Falls Store Director Jeff Sesker is hoping they'll continue donating to the cause.

"This is probably the most impactful, emotional thing we have ever done in my 20 years with HyVee," he added.

Always one of the most emotional moments -- the homecoming many veterans have waited decades to receive.

"There wasn't any. We just came home and that was it," Harp recalled.

Soon, the Cedar Valley will have the chance to give heroes like Harp the welcome home they deserve. The first flight out of Waterloo is scheduled for June 14th, 2011. Its name is in honor of the Sullivan Brothers and two of the men White served with who were killed in Vietnam.

If you know a WWII veteran who would like to take the trip, or if you want to donate, you can contact White at 319-234-1032 or at 319-833-3078.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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