Thanks for a successful veterans Honor Flight

On Sept. 17, 2016 the 13th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight left Fort Dodge Regional Airport with 149 veterans composed of 1 WWII veteran, 34 Korean War veteran and 114 Vietnam War veterans.

We left Fort Dodge at 6:30 a.m. and arrived at Dulles International Airport and were greeted by some volunteers following a “Water Salute” for our veterans.  We boarded 3 motor coaches for our trip to the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Following a tour of our nation’s Capitol, we disembarked at the WWII Memorial. From there, we visited Arlington National Cemetery and viewed the lowering of the Flag and witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  A bus tour of the Air Force Memorial and a drive past the Pentagon were followed by a stop at the Iwo Jima Memorial and a group photograph.

Thanks to our medical team headed by Dr. Kelli Wallace, proper attention was given to a veteran experiencing chest pains. We had an emergency stop in Cleveland for follow up medical attention.  The veteran and Director Charles Walker flew home the following day.

We arrived back at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport an hour and 45 minutes late, about 12:10 a.m. to a rousing Welcome Home crowd.

Needless to say, all this activity would not be possible without the help, skills and financial contributions by many persons and organizations.  We personally want to give a big thanks to all who have helped make this a successful flight.

RON NEWSUM

President, Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight Board