HONOR FLIGHT: Polk County Makes Donation

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Thanks to a unanimous vote by the Polk County board of supervisors, more than a hundred Korean War veterans will take a free trip to our nation’s capital in the fall.

A check for $125,000 was presented to the Central Iowa Honor Flight at the supervisor’s meeting Tuesday morning. The community development grant will pay for flights for 130 veterans to tour the memorials in Washington, D.C. built in their honor.

It will also cover shirts, hats, part of a pre-flight dinner and transportation once they arrive in D.C.

Veterans will be able to invite a guest to the pre-flight dinner on September 29th at the Convention Center at Vets in downtown Des Moines and the flight takes off the following morning.

“You’ll see in Des Moines, hundreds of volunteers, firemen, EMTs, policemen they’ll get up at 1:00 in the morning to help load our veterans up on planes so there’s a tremendous spirit in Iowa to honor our veterans and you’ll see that coming through loud and clear in September,” says Jeff Ballenger, chairman of Central Iowa Honor Flight.

Applications are being accepted for the September 30th flight. You can call 712-322-6638 or visit the website centraliowahonorflight.org.