One day in D.C.: A quick look at what the veterans of Midwest Honor Flight do on their special day

This is part one of a six-part series on Midwest Honor Flight's Mission 10.

WASHINGTON — It was a nearly 20-hour day – flying from Sioux Falls to Washington, D.C. and back – packed with special honors for our nation’s veterans. It’s Midwest Honor Flight’s 10th mission since their inception.

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84 veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars pose for a photo at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The large building in the background is the National Archives.

The day started early – very early – with a chartered flight to D.C. from Sioux Falls. The plane – and attendants – were decked out in patriotic gear.

And once we landed, it was straight off to the Navy Memorial for a group picture.

Then it was time for a pleasant walk through West Potomac Park to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

After that, a quick stop at the World War II Memorial, where congressional staffers came to thank the veterans for their service.

The Korea and Vietnam memorials were next, located on opposite sides of the Lincoln Memorial. Veterans got to spend time finding familiar names on the wall before loading up to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Then, to top off an already spectacular day, were front-row seats to the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

The surprises didn’t end there; all 84 veterans received mail from supporters on the plane ride home, where they were greeted by other veterans, police and a pipe and drum corps at the airport.

Probably the biggest surprise – and my favorite part – was the massive welcome home celebration held in the convention center.

All in all, it was a busy day giving our nation’s veterans “one final tour with honor.”

Stay tuned all next week on NewsCenter1 and ConnectCenter1 for in-depth stories from Midwest Honor Flight’s Mission 10!

Midwest Honor Flight is a hub of the Honor Flight Network. It’s a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that takes veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials dedicated to their service. The trip is provided entirely free-of-charge to the veterans. 

CLICK HERE for more information on Midwest Honor Flight, including how to apply for a trip and information on donations.

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