The first of three scheduled Honor Flights in 2013 departed from the Waterloo Regional Airport on April 16th. A handful of Dysart's local heroes enjoyed the opportunity of visiting Washington, D.C. for the day.
The tour started off at the World War II Memorial and continued with a bus tour of Washington, D.C. where the veterans viewed the Washington Monument, Capitol Building, White House, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Later, they witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery and also viewed numerous other landmarks.
This was the third Honor Flight that Dysart area residents were able to take part of. Dick Baker is credited for organizing the local effort to give Dysart area residents the opportunity to be part of the Honor Flight.
Don Hubbard, Merlin Lassen, Bob Caslavka, David Wieck, Bill Raub, Richard Albertsen, Don Hach, Phil Gajewski, Duane Albertsen, and People Rides bus driver Richard Kendall.
The Dysart Development Corporation provided People Rides bus transportation to and from the Waterloo Regional Airport for any veterans interested, as a way to honor Dysart's local heroes. Nine veterans, and their respective chaperones, took advantage of the transportation. Along with the support of the American Legion, the D.D.C is hoping to provide transportation for local veterans for a fourth Honor Flight.
Two more Honor Flights are scheduled for June 18th and September 17th. For more information about Honor Flights departing from the Waterloo Regional Airport, contact Craig White, with the Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 Waterloo Honor Flight, at 319-215-7104 or visit www.SHDPost730WaterlooHonorFlight.org.