A non-profit company out of Ohio called Honor Flights, Inc. works to raise money to send WWII and terminally ill veterans to Washington, DC. Two flights have taken Iowa veterans there already and a third one is going tomorrow on a large scale! You can attend the takeoff to show support for our veterans.
Hy-Vee offered to sponsor the latest flight, which will take place on Tuesday, August 11th and will leave from the Des Moines International Airport. The company donated $250,000 to make the flight a reality for the 350 veterans who will be flying there. They will be flying to DC on a 747, a much larger plane than the previous flights and a larger one than the Des Moines airport typically sees.
The trip includes visits to the World War Two Memorial, the Iwo Jima Monument and the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and is free of charge to the veterans. Included in the trip is a meal the day before the flight, catered by Hy-Vee, for veterans and a guest. The veterans then leave on an early flight, tour the memorials and return later the same day.
WHO Radio is getting on board to support the flight as well. Radio personalities, Van & Bonnie, along with Col. Bob King, will be broadcasting live from the airport for the big send-off. They are inviting and encouraging all to come to wave flags and give the veterans a hero’s send-off. They are making parking available and there will be t-shirts and flags given to a limited number of people who attend. Van is also being sent by Hy-Vee to accompany the veterans on the trip and he will be reporting throughout the day on Newsradio 1040, WHO. You can visit their site for directions and more information here: http://www.whoradio.com/cc-common/mainheadlines3.html?feed=190192&article=5751397
Nationwide, it is predicted that more than 1,000 World War II veterans are dying each day. Due to the senior age of our heroes, Honor Flight, Inc. is committed to make the dream of visiting DC a reality. Their current focus will remain on World War II veterans and those veterans from any war who have a terminal illness. However, their vision goes beyond World War II.
More flights are planned for the future in Iowa and there is a list of about 700 veterans who hope to get to DC someday. If you’re interested in donating to help make the trip a reality, you can donate by credit card here http://honorflight.org/donate/donation.cfm or you can make a check payable to:
Central Iowa Honor Flight
PO Box 125
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51502
Please write “Central Iowa Honor Flight” on all checks. The group will return a tax-deductible receipt, if requested.
If you’d like to nominate a World War II veteran for a trip, download an application at https://www.iowava.org/images/Honor%20Flight%20Application.pdf and mail it to the address on the application. If you have any questions about the Central Iowa Honor Flight, call 712-322-6638.