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"Pulling for Honor" event for veterans

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Hundreds of people competed in teams to see who could pull a 757 plane the fastest. The event "Pulling for Honor" raised money to send Iowa veterans on honor flights, giving them the recognition they deserve.  

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight held its first "Pulling for Honor" event. 

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight partnered with FedEx who donated a 137,000 pound cargo jet.

"I didn't think it would move," said competitor Landon Sorg. 

Iowa veterans Stanley Donels went on an Eastern Iowa honor flight with his granddaughter Reygan Weber  as his guardian.

"Because I served, it means a lot to me," said Donels. "It changed my life quite a bit."

Over the past few years, the organization has flown more than 1,500 Iowa Veterans from Cedar Rapids to Washington D.C.

"They never really got the welcome home they deserved, so now they can," said Weber. 

Young and old came together to send even more veterans, some even putting in a little training for the big day. 

"Family ordered a bowflex and we've been hitting it hard. 5 am. 5 am," said competitor Conor Paulsen. 

But whether their team won or lost, they all walked off the runway putting up a good fight for those veterans who fought for them. 

The team Linn Star Transfer came in 1st place at 6.422; 2nd place Spotix at 6.543, and 3rd place Rockwell at 7.004. 

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight hopes to raise fifty-thousand dollars with this event.

Young Eagles also flew over 100 kids today. 


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