On a day when the high temperature in the nation’s capital hit 95 degrees, a group of 98 veterans from the Cedar Valley and other parts of Iowa enjoyed the trip of a lifetime, as part of the 13th Waterloo Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Sponsored by Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730, the day began with a 7 AM departure from the Waterloo Regional Airport. Upon arrival at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the veterans and their guardians boarded three buses for a brief road trip into Washington, DC, beginning their tour at the National World War II Memorial. Before the day was done, the group from Iowa visited the Lincoln Memorial, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Air Force Memorial.
Area vets making the trip included Garald Brustkern, Eugene Fischels and John Meyers of La Porte City, John Rice of Dysart and Paul Delagardelle, Anthony Even and Jimmy Jaquith of Gilbertville.
The final Waterloo Honor Flight of 2015 will take place in September. Organizers hope to raise the more than $300,000 needed to conduct three more flights in 2016.