Korean War Veterans Gear Up For Honor Flight

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ALTOONA, Iowa--Hundreds of Iowa veterans will be traveling to Washington D.C. on Tuesday but first they got a proper send off.

Veterans were given the royal treatment at Prairie Meadows Monday night.

400 Korean War Veterans were given a police escort and greeted by big crowds ready to thank them for their service.

“This has been great, it really makes you feel humble to see all the people who are waving and holding flags and saluting and all of that. It really makes you feel good,” says Bill Crittenden of Afton.

The Southeast Polk marching band also showed up to support the troops.

“This is amazing; I go between having goose bumps and getting all choked up. I can`t believe people would stand at the curb and salute us, it`s wonderful,” says Lorrie Haver of Mount Ayr.

Haver is one of five women going on the trip, but its odds she dealt with while serving.

“You got used to those kinds of numbers when you were in the Navy we were always outnumbered,” says Haver.

Other veterans have specific things they plan to accomplish once they arrive in Washington D.C.

“A wreath that we want to place on the Korean Memorial that says Iowa on it to show our appreciation for the guys that couldn`t come and the guys that went ahead before us and never made it home,” says Ehm Eddie of Afton.

Eddie says he was last in D.C. in the 60’s but never saw the memorials. He said he’s glad this time he'll be making the trip with others who served alongside him.

He says he can't believe that all of this is for them.

“This brings tears to your eyes when you see people care so much about this country to show such support for what we did,” says Eddie.

This is the 12th central Iowa Honor Flight to take veterans to Washington D.C.

The group of 385 Korean War Veterans will return Tuesday night.

 

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