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Second Waterloo Honor Flight of 2013 leaves Tuesday

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The June 2013 Honor Flight out of Waterloo left Tuesday morning from the Waterloo Regional Airport for Washington D.C. The June 2013 Honor Flight out of Waterloo left Tuesday morning from the Waterloo Regional Airport for Washington D.C.
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The June 2013 Honor Flight out of Waterloo left Tuesday morning from the Waterloo Regional Airport for Washington D.C.

Ninety veterans from World War II and the Korean War left on a 7 a.m. flight to see the memorials built in their honor.

Veterans, along with their guardians and volunteers, arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. to begin the check-in process.

Bob Kunkle was one veteran going on the trip. Kunkle served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 as a paratrooper. He was born and raised in Waterloo and worked for John Deere before retiring at age 52. His son, Scott Kunkle, accompanied him to D.C.

Chairman Craig White with Honor Flight said each flight is unique and a special experience, as there are different veterans on each trip.

White said the veterans look forward to seeing the monuments when they get off the plane on this much-anticipated trip.

The group is expected to return home Tuesday night around 10 p.m.

The third Honor Flight out of Waterloo this year is scheduled for September 17.

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