It’s the first Honor Flight of the New Year out of Iowa and dozens of the state’s veterans are spending the day in Washington, D.C. touring the memorials built in their honor.
The veterans left from the Quad City International Airport Wednesday morning.
They arrived at the airport around 5:30 a.m., each with a guardian that will help them around while they’re in D.C.
One vet says the best part of the trip is being at the memorials with his comrades.
“Just to see the monuments, and it’s really exciting to go. I think it’s really a pleasure to have this,” says Korean War veteran Maurice Ford.
The Honor Flight group is expected to return home around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.
An Eastern Iowa Honor Flight will also visit Washington, D.C. next Tuesday.