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Honor Flight includes Korean War Veterans, huge success

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The Honor Flight is an opportunity for our veterans to see the monuments and memorials built in their honor.

On Tuesday over 90 veterans left the Waterloo Regional Airport and headed to the nations capital.

After a huge welcome from service men and women into the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, World War 2 and Korean War veterans quickly got on buses and headed to the World War 2 monument.

It's one of the more recently built memorials, and for this Honor Flight crew, the popular spot was the Iowa pillar.

For World War 2 veteran Martin Heering, the monument was a pretty special place.

"I like it. This is beautiful. I also had my picture taken by the Michigan part because that's where I joined the service," said Heering.

The monument was a huge hit, but on this trip some were looking for a different memorial, still built in their honor.

"I served in the Korean Conflict for two and a half years in Korea," said Richard Rohle, Korean War Veteran.

Rohle isn't alone. Almost 40 veterans from that war were able to get on this Honor Flight out of Waterloo.

For many the Korean Memorial was unique, as it was an opportunity for many to look their memories straight in the eyes. That was certainly the case for Army Veteran Jim Pries.

"You are over there. You make the best of it you can. You forget a lot of things that you done and seen over there, but this does bring back memories," said Pries.

Despite heavy rain and some severe weather in the afternoon, it didn't seem to dampen any spirits. The veterans were still able to experience it all, even if they were a little wet.

"It's great, ya know. It's something I will never forget," said Pries. 

 

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