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Honor Flight to take off again

2022 trips set for May 7 and Aug. 27

-Messenger file photo by Bill Shea
Iowa veterans who took part in the Aug. 28 Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight are welcomed by flag-waving, cheering supporters at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight will continue to take area veterans to Washington, D.C. next year.

Trips are scheduled for May 7 and Aug. 27, Honor Flights leaders revealed Tuesday.

They will be the 21st and 22nd flights since the effort started in 2010.

“Recently, Aug. 28, Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight successfully completed its 20th flight to Washington, D.C.,” said Ron Newsum, president of the Honor Flight board. “Many people and organizations are responsible for the flight’s success. It is impossible to thank all of these important factions for fear of leaving some company, or some organizations, out. Many, many thanks to all.”

The Honor Flights take veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s war memorials.

Each trip starts early in the morning at Fort Dodge Regional Airport. A chartered jet takes the veterans to Dulles International Airport in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. There, they board buses to see the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Navy Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Air Force Memorial. The group returns to Fort Dodge late that night.

Every veteran flies for free.

“The veterans cannot pay for their flight as they have already paid their dues,” Newsum said.

He said the emphasis is on taking veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Remaining seats will go to those who served between World War II and the Korean War and those who served between the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Veterans with serious health conditions will get top priority.


To get on board

To get an application for a seat on the upcoming Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight trips contact the local veterans affairs office or a member of the Honor Flight board.

Honor Flight board members are Lee Bailey, Peg Dettmann, Russ Naden, Julie Reid, Charlie Walker, Orene Cressler, Craig Malloy, Ron Newsum, Mel Schroeder and Marlene Welander.

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