FREEDOM FLIGHT: Newton Salutes Veterans

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Later this week, Jasper County Vietnam veterans will board a "freedom flight" to Washington, D.C. to visit the national war memorials.

Sunday, their friends and neighbors fired up their bikes to show their appreciation for the veterans.

"I think they really appreciate. When we rode in, there was hands going up and thankfulness for us coming out,” said Jodi Coon.

A group of about 100 riders escorted buses of veterans through Newton.

The streets were lined with people waving American flags and cheering as the bikes and buses rode by.

The procession ended at a sendoff ceremony at Newton High School.

Veterans arrived to a walk-way lined with American flags and more appreciative people, "Because of these brave men and women, we live a great life in the United States of America. We're free to come and go as we want, do everything we want, and it's a great honor to be here for them," said Terry Mitchell.

The freedom flight leaves for Washington, D.C. Tuesday at 5 a.m.