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Honor Flight To Washington, D.C.

By Staff | Sep 5, 2013

Don Wichman of Emmetsburg and Bernard Brown from West Bend will be on their way to Washington, D.C. Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight.

Wichman and Brown will join Korean War Veterans on the flight to view the Korean War Monument, which was constructed in their honor.

Korean War vets will have a full day, leaving from Fort Dodge Regional Airport at 6:45 a.m. and arrive at Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C., mid-morning.

“Once the veterans arrive in Washington, D.C., volunteers and visitors at the memorials treat the veterans fabulously and honor them as the heroes the truly are,” said Ron Newsum, Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. “These Honor Flights have been truly ‘tear jerkers’ and the way in which these flights affected our veterans will not be forgotten by any of us who volunteer on these flights.”

Honor Flight Veterans make this trip at no cost.

“Thank You to everyone who donated to the Honor Flight fund,” said Terry Chamberlain, Commander of V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg. “Money has been donated to pay for Don and Bernard to make this flight. Between businesses, corporations and individuals, enough funds were raised locally to make this trip possible this year.”

Chamberlain added, “A special account has been set up at Iowa Trust &?Savings Bank in Emmetsburg to continue accepting donations for future Honor Flights. We are still accepting donations.”

This is the second Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight honoring Korean War veterans. They will travel by bus as they tour the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Monument and Vietnam Monument. The bus tour will take veterans around Washington, D.C., and to the World War II Monument.

Veterans will view Arlington National Cemetery and observe the Changing of the Guard. Their last stop is at the Iwo Jima Monument where they will also have a short program. Then it’s back to the airport for their flight home to Iowa, arriving at Fort Dodge Regional Airport at 10:30 p.m. It’s a long day for the veterans.

The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight program took more than 500 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., on five previous flights in 2010 and 2011. Several Palo Alto County veterans participated in those flights.

Ron Newsum, the Fort Dodge man who leads the local Honor Flight board, asks, “Why are the Honor Flights so special to our veterans??Many of the veterans are unable to afford the trip to Washington, D.C., but more importantly these veterans will receive the recognition they deserve for their service.”