WELCOME HOME - La Porte City’s Marvin Yarrington (right), enjoys the reception for Honor Flight veterans at the Waterloo Regional Airport on May 6. Photos by Jane Whittlesey.

WELCOME HOME – La Porte City’s Marvin Yarrington (right), enjoys the reception for Honor Flight veterans at the Waterloo Regional Airport on May 6. Photos by Jane Whittlesey.

A beautiful Spring day in the nation’s capital greeted 87 World War II and Korean War veterans from the Cedar Valley on May 6. The veterans and their sponsors were the ninth Waterloo Honor Flight sponsored by Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 since 2011.

The day in Washington, D.C. began with a stop at the World War II Memorial, followed by visits to the Lincoln, Korean War and the Vietnam War Memorials. In addition to a driving tour that offered glimpses of national landmarks, the trip also included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where the veterans witnessed the Changing of the Guard and Wreath Laying ceremonies.

The final destination of the day was a new one for Waterloo Honor

 
WELCOME HOME – La Porte City’s Marvin Yarrington (right), enjoys the reception for Honor Flight veterans at the Waterloo Regional Airport on May 6. Photos by Jane Whittlesey.

 Flight participants- the United States Air Force Memorial, which features three stainless steel spires that soar 270 feet above ground. The bold, yet graceful design honors the service men and women of the Air Force and its predecessor organizations. It also pays tribute to the more than 54,000 Airmen who have died in combat. Dedicated in 2006, the Air Force Memorial towers above the Washington, D.C. skyline, overlooking the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery.