EIHF flight honors area veterans

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight will launch EIHF Flight No. 35. Since beginning operations in 2009, to date, they have transported 2,956 veterans, plus their guardians, to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. While there, they will visit the WWII, Korean, Vietnam memorials, as well as visit Arlington National Cemetery, and other memorials.

There are 97 veterans on this flight: one WWII, 25 Korea, and 71 Vietnam era

Veterans will begin reporting in to the Eastern Iowa Airport at 5:45 a.m. on flight day with an estimated departure time of 7:15 a.m. Estimated return time to Cedar Rapids (barring any delays) is 8:45 p.m. We invite the community to come out and welcome home the veterans. Parking is free. It is advised people come early as the lots fill up pretty quickly. Those who do come can park in either long-or short-term lots. When you come into the terminal, please stop by and pick up a free parking pass. When leaving that night, give both that ticket, and the one you got when received when pulling into the lot, to the personnel at the exit (looked for the marked Honor Flight lane).

Many of the veterans never received a “thank you, welcome home” when they returned from their service. Here is a chance to make up for that. EIHF hopes to see a large crowd at the airport on Tuesday evening, April 16.

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization staffed entirely by volunteers dedicated to honor and pay tribute to WWII, Korean, Vietnam Era and other Veterans.