Eastern Iowa Honor Flight will take brothers-in-law together
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The war with Europe was over by the time Glenn Klimsky received his draft notice.
"About the time I was finishing basic training Japan surrendered," said Klimsky. "So I guess they decided that they needed me as a clerk."
Klimsky continued to serve in the army for a year following the end of World War II.
Tuesday, he and other veterans will head to the nation's capital to see the memorials, the first Honor Flight of the year out of the Eastern Iowa Airport.
Joining Klimsky will be his sister's husband, Don Kadlec, who served in Korea.
"We had a lot of different things happen over there," said Kadlec.
The family ties continue. Another brother-in-law of the two, will be one of eight deceased veterans honored as a part of the Flags of Our Heroes program. Edmund Jones died before he got the chance to take an honor flight. His photo will take the trip instead.
"We will pose it in front of the Iowa pillar along with a folded service flag, and then one of the veterans on the flight from that particular conflict period will render honors to the veteran," said George Rickey, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.
A ceremony that Jones' two brothers-in-law will participate in during a day they're both looking forward to.
"I just thought it'd be the last chance I'd ever have to see the capital," said Klimsky.
"Everyone says it's worth going so I wanted to go," said Kadlec.
Tuesday's Honor Flight takes off from the Eastern Iowa Airport at 7a.m. The veterans are expected to return at 10:45p.m. Anyone who wants to welcome the veterans home is invited to be at the airport.
There's another Honor Flight out of Cedar Rapids in May and a third planned for September.
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