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Veterans Enjoy Honor Flight despite Rain

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Vets being welcomed in Washington, DC [1]Vets being welcomed in Washington, DC

Heavy rainfall and severe weather in our nation’s capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the 87 Veterans and more than 60 guardians during yesterday’s Honor Flight.  

World War II Memorial [2]World War II Memorial
Looking toward the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial [3]Looking toward the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial
Marine Corps War Memorial [4]Marine Corps War Memorial

The day which was filled with visiting different memorials throughout the city also included paying respect to fallen soldiers.

After watching the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Washington High School student Sam Ellingson took part in a wreath laying ceremony.

Standing Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns [5]Standing Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns
The Tomb of the Unknowns [6]The Tomb of the Unknowns
The wreath placed by Sam Ellingson [7]The wreath placed by Sam Ellingson

She says having the privilege of doing that was fun and it was a great experience.

Photo courtesy:  KCII's Bill Gatchel [8]Photo courtesy: KCII’s Bill Gatchel
Photo courtesy:  KCII's Bill Gatchel [9]Photo courtesy: KCII’s Bill Gatchel

This was the first Honor Flight featuring Vets from the Washington County area as well as Vets from the Korean War.

Everyone also received a welcome home celebration in Cedar Rapids by more than 100 people last night before traveling back to Washington.

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