On September 16, 88 area veterans boarded a plane bound for Washington DC, the 11th Waterloo Honor Flight sponsored by Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 since 2011. Among them were four La Porte City veterans- Allen Peterson, Lee Jewett, Bud Lange and Bernard Oberhauser. While in the nation’s capital, the veterans were treated with visits to several national landmarks. The itinerary included stops at the National World War II Memorial, Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam and Air Force memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery.
The Honor Flight program began with a simple call to action- “Time is of the Essence.” With hundreds of World War II veterans dying each day, an idea was conceived a way to honor them with a free trip to Washington D.C. The inaugural Honor Flight was made in 2005 and consisted of a dozen veterans from Springfield Ohio. Since that time, the program has expanded into a vast network throughout the United States that now includes veterans of the Korean War eligible to participate. Local organizers of are currently accepting applications for the next Waterloo Honor Flight, expected to take off sometime in Spring 2015. With each Waterloo Honor Flight costing around $100,000, fundraising is ongoing. To register a veteran for a future Waterloo Honor Flight, or to make a donation to help continue the program, logon to www.shdpost730waterloohonorflight.org/ for additional information.