The Honor Flight is returning to the Dubuque area.
It was ten years ago when the inaugural Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque took nearly a hundred World War Two veterans on a one-day trip to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial built in their honor. They followed that up with nine more flights before the hub closed.
But they’re back – and the Honor Flight is now being extended to include Vietnam War veterans too.
That’s Hub Director Perry Mason, who says they’re hoping to do back-to-back flights this fall, tentatively set for September 21st and 22nd. The trip is free for veterans, but it does cost the hub about $600 per person – so funding will be needed to make these Honor Flights happen.
Anyone wishing to donate can drop off or mail their donation to any DuTrac location and the Honor Flight will be adding a link to their website so people can donate there too.
Mason says the Honor Flight is an exciting day for the veterans and they’ve gotten a lot of good feedback about its return already.
The Honor Flights have touched many people over the years – both the veterans and those who have been part of it. For many veterans, it’s been the “thank you” they never received.
Any veterans wishing to go on the Honor Flight of Dubuque and the Tri-States this fall are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found online at honorflightdbq.org or you can call Perry Mason at 563-690-0815. Veterans will be called in the order that they submit their applications, with a priority given to World War Two veterans, followed by Korean Conflict veterans and then Vietnam War veterans, with terminally ill veterans also given top priority.
photo courtesy of Honor Flight of Dubuque and the Tri-States