Because I’m a veteran of World War II, I recently had the pleasure of flying to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flights. I can’t remember when I’ve been a part of an event that was more organized than this patriotic tribute to veterans.
My son, Rob, accompanied me as my guardian. The fellowship we enjoyed along with being with all the other veterans meant a great deal.
Our itinerary included the World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War memorials, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the changing of the guards. We could view the White House only from a distance.
From the welcome we received on landing in Washington, D.C., to a huge, surprise celebration planned for us on our arrival back in Cedar Rapids, it was truly a wonderful day. They gave us the welcome home many of us did not receive on our return home from our service.
Thank you Eastern Iowa Honor Flights. We salute all the people who are involved in this tribute to those who have served our great country.
Robert P. Lanz
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