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Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque ending its flights

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque committee has voted to disband, following the ninth and tenth flights out of Dubuque earlier this month.

Perry Mason, general sales manager at Radio Dubuque and one of Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque's organizers, said this local Honor Flight chapter has completed its mission, "to ensure all World War II veterans had an opportunity to see the memorials in Washington, D.C. built in their honor for their service to our Country."

Earlier this month, Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque had two back-to-back flights, each carrying about 90 veterans. Only a dozen veterans on each flight, organizers say, were World War II veterans.

Staying true to the initial charter of Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, Mason said, the committee voted to officially disband.

In the course of its 10 flights, Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque has flown more than 900 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. to see their wars' memorials.

"None of this would have been possible if not for the generosity of the tri-state area," Mason said. "The list of donors is long and the Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque is very appreciative for everyone’s contributions."

He said any leftover funds in the Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque's coffer will go to local veterans groups dedicated to helping veterans and their families.

Mason said many younger veterans served as guardians on Honor Flights out of Dubuque, including veterans from the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"We are very appreciative for those that took of their time and talent and served our Veterans as their support team," Mason said.

Honor Flight hubs remain in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, the Quad Cities and La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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