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Fourth-graders sell sweets, raise enough to sponsor three veterans on Honor Flight

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The first Honor Flight out of the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids headed to the nation's capital Tuesday. Eighty-four veterans who served during World War II and Korea took the trip and visited the memorials in Washington, D.C.

Honor flight trips are funded entirely through donations and come at no cost to the veteran. A class at Grant Wood Elementary decided they wanted to help.

It all started with a simple question. Someone in Tricia Weber's fourth grade class wanted to know why did they stand every day for the pledge of allegiance?

"She said it was a sign of respect for World War II veterans," said Elsa MacCormick, student.

Then Weber told the class about another way to respect veterans, by helping out with the Honor Flight program.

"It was kind of all of our ideas," said Kyle Wilson, student. We've been sitting in community circles in the class, tell her we should do that and she kind of agreed with it."

The class even skipped recess and on off time to plan fundraiser's!

"On early dismissal, we got all these baked goods and we sold them," said MacCormick.

The class wanted to raise $550, the cost of sending one veteran on an honor flight. They ended up raising nearly $2,000 and were able to sponsor three veterans.

"They were like 'I didn't think they would raise this much money,'" said MacCormick.

"I was surprised that we raised that much, and I was proud that we raised it and it was cool doing it, too," said Wilson.

Many students in class have been at the airport and welcomed home Honor Flights in the past.

"It was really cool because we got to shake their hands and everything," said MacCormick.

They planned to be at the airport Tuesday night

"They gave up so much for us, and I want to go and see them when they get home from Washington, D.C., how happy they are," said Wilson.

To date, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight has taken more than 800 veterans to Washington. There's two more flights scheduled out of Cedar Rapids later this year.

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