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UPDATE: Honor Flight veterans back home

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The 165 people who traveled on inaugural Sullivan, Hartogh, Davis Honor Flight out of the Waterloo Regional Airport to Washington, D.C. are are back home in Iowa.

The veterans have toured the World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial.

At 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, veterans, their guardians and members of the media took off from the airport, bound for Washington, D.C. Watch for coverage from Tuesday's visit from Danielle Wagner throughout the week. .

Burk and Julie Miehe of Buckingham donated $100,000 to fund the flight out of Waterloo. The Miehes own American Pattern & CNC Works in Cedar Falls.

Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington, D.C. for free to tour war memorials.

Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors Chair Craig White was part of the effort to allocate one of the 2011 Honor Flights to Waterloo. 

"Our area is rich with World War II history as most Black Hawk County residents are well aware," White said in a written statement. "Of the 300 men and women currently on a waiting list to travel to Washington, D.C., almost one-third are from this county, as well as Bremer and Buchanan counties."

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