Veterans on 10th Waterloo Honor Flight Brave Record High Temps
When 97 veterans from the Cedar Valley exited Baltimore-Washington International Airport on June 17th to board the buses that would transport them to Washington DC, they knew the day was going to be an unsually warm one. An hour later, as they pulled into the World War II National Memorial, their suspicions were confirmed by the rapidly rising mercury in the thermometer. At that moment, no other major metropolitan area in the United States was warmer than the nation’s capital. Consequently, the one day tour placed a premium on drinking lots of water and finding shady vantage points from which to view each of the six memorials on the itinerary.
In addition to the World War II Memorial, the Honor Flight veterans visited the Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials. Following a driving tour through the heart of Washington DC, a visit was paid to Arlington National Cemetery, where the group witnessed the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The trip concluded with a stop at the United States Air Force Memorial, where group photos were taken.
Upon their return, the veterans were treated to a rousing welcome home reception at the Waterloo Regional Airport. Though the day had been an exceptionally warm one, it was filled with memories the veterans won’t soon forget.
Area veterans aboard the June 17 flight included Loren Miller and James Tippett from La Porte City and James Cook and Roland Riensche from Jesup.
Last week’s Honor Flight marked the tenth trip sponsored by Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 since 2011. In that time span, nearly 1,000 World War II and Korean War veterans from the Cedar Valley have been honored for their service to the nation with a trip to the nation’s capital.
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