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Honor Flight Attendees Receive A Special Surprise

November 9, 2017
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Two veterans from Palo Alto County flew from Fort Dodge to Washington, D.C. and back on Saturday, September 16 for the fall Honor Flight, which was the 15th time the Brushy Creek Honor Flight program has sponsored the trip.

"If anyone has a chance to do it, now's the time to do it. Especially the World War II and the Korean gentlemen," VFW Commander Terry Chamberlain said. "It's a lifetime experience they do not want to miss."

According to Chamberlain, upon arriving in Washington, D.C., the group has a police escort to all the planned sights and all vehicles stop for them and the buses drop the veterans off at the door.

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HONOR FLIGHT SUPPORTERS - Several area organizations and businesses joined forces to help make possible a trip for three Palo Alto County veterans on the Brushy Creek Honor Flight program. In front from left to right are Larry Bollman and Don Minier of the Wild Rose, Honor Flight participants Jim Coakley, Dallas Bates and Terry Chamberlain, Dan Leavy of the Wild Rose and Chuck Roberts of the VFW. Second row, from left to right: Don Larson of the VFW, Paul Dietrich, Sr. of the Wild Rose, Kathy Merrill , Bill Kleespies, Zach Stewart, Steve Cody and Rose Riet of the Wild Rose. Back row, from left to right are Dilene Larson, Kris Ausborn of the Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Jane Whitmore, Julie Olson, Katrina Williams and Bill Walker of the Wild Rose, Chad Meyer of MaxYield Cooperative and Rick Wermerson of the Wild Rose. – Dan Voigt photo

"I know it gets to be a long day, especially when you leave at 5 a.m.," Chamberlain said. "You are constantly moving from memorial to memorial plus eating dinner and supper before leaving Washington D.C. and arriving in Fort Dodge at 10:35 p.m."

Sites visited was the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Ladies War Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial with the flight ending at Arlington National Cemetery where they viewed the lowering of the flag and the changing of the guard.

"All total, there was about 160 veterans and staff that went on the trip," Chamberlain noted. "What we didn't know until we got home, was that the staff had contacted family and friends of the veterans on the Flight. They met the plane when we arrived and each wrote what they felt and thanked each veteran for their service to our county.

The veterans pay nothing for the Honor Flight. I want to thank the businesses, organizations and people of Palo Alto County for their donations that make the Honor Flight possible. A special thank you to Kris Ausborn, Kathy Merrill and the hospital staff, Iowa Lakes Community College and the Ladies Auxiliary."

The spring Honor Flight will be in May 2018 with the date to be announced.



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