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Central Iowa’s Largest Honor Flight Departs

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Nearly 400 veterans took off from Des Moines International Airport for the Central Iowa Honor Flight.

This is the group’s 6th honor flight and a lot has changed over the years. The past five honor flights catered almost exclusively to World War II veterans. Officials say they’re now inviting Korean War veterans because most of the World War II veterans that wanted to be a part of the honor flight have already participated.

More than 500 veterans applied for this flight. Of those, 385 veterans got on a 747 Tuesday morning flying to Washington, D.C.

This is the Central Iowa Honor Flight’s largest group ever. They were given the royal treatment at Prairie Meadows Monday night.

It costs $500,000 to take these veterans to D.C. for the day. Officials hope to raise enough money to host another honor flight next spring.

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