Eastern Iowa Veterans Take off on Flight #29

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The third Eastern Iowa Honor Flight of the year took off from the Eastern Iowa Airport on Tuesday, October 3.

Two weeks ago they were forced to cancel their September 19 flight due to heavy fog.

The charter plane they were planning to use was unable to land at the Eastern Iowa Airport so organizers with the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight decided to reschedule the flight so veterans could have a full day in D.C.

It was the first time they have ever had to cancel an Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

On Tuesday morning, 86 veterans made their way back to the Eastern Iowa Airport so they could visit the WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War memorials in Washington.

During the trip, four veterans will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while visiting the Arlington Cemetery.

There are two WWII Veterans, 28 Korean War Veterans, and 56 Vietnam War Veterans on the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

They departed the airport at 6:30 a.m. and around 10:15 p.m. they'll have a welcome ceremony at the Eastern Iowa Aiport.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be provided at the Eastern Iowa Airport for the welcome home ceremony.

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