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Honor Flight announcement during Waterloo Veterans Ceremony


by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- During a Veterans Day ceremony in Waterloo, Black Hawk County Supervisor Craig White made an announcement about an upcoming Honor Flight out of Waterloo.

"We're looking at April. We're moving the trip up," said Craig White.

The trip was able to be moved up thanks to a $100,000 donation in September from Burk and Julie Miehe.

White hopes for a second flight out of eastern Iowa to happen in June and a third flight in late summer or early fall of 2011. He said he's still looking for big donations from the community.

"They need to realize the only reason we're living in a situation we are today is because of what the WWII vets did when they served their country. So now it's our turn to pay them back," said White.

Craig White knows first-hand how powerful it can be to finally see a memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It helped me heal because all the guys I ran around with died while I was still serving my country, and I didn't have a chance to say goodbye to them and for some reason seeing that Vietnam Wall gave me closure," he said.

Norbert Trainor served in WWII. He enlisted January 7, 1941. He said he'd be proud to go on an upcoming Honor Flight.

"That'd be an honor, a great honor," said Trainor.

Craig White said he doesn't plan to stop until veterans from all conflicts have a chance to take a trip because it's something every vet should see.

If you'd like to help out with any of the Honor Flights, you're asked to please attend a training session. The training session is Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., at the UAW Hall in Waterloo.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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