Public asked to help welcome home Honor Flight veterans today

Be at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids by 10 p.m.

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Today marks a milestone for Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, the nonprofit organization that takes veterans from Cedar Rapids to Washington, D.C., for a day of viewing military memorials and visiting Arlington National Cemetery.

In operation since 2009, the 30th Honor Flight departed from The Eastern Iowa Airport around 6:30 a.m. today carrying 85 veterans, including 10 who served during World War II, said George Rickey, Honor Flight public relations and media coordinator.

This brings the total number of veterans served to more than 2,500.

Rickey encourages members of the public to be at the airport, 2121 Arthur Collins Pkwy. SW in Cedar Rapids, by 10 p.m. today to help welcome home the veterans who are taking part in this Honor Flight.

“Many of our veterans never received a ‘thank you, welcome home’ when they returned from their service,” Rickey said. “Here is your chance to make up for that. We hope to see a large crowd at the airport.”

Rickey said those who come out should park in either the short-term or long-term lots. Free parking passes will be available inside the airport.

“When you leave ... give both that ticket and the one you got when you pulled into the lot to the personnel at the exit,” said Rickey. “Look for the marked Honor Flight lane and you are good to go.”

Today’s flight marks the last Honor Flight of 2017. A schedule of trips in 2018 is expected to be announced in January.

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