2023 Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Schedule
#46 Tuesday, April 25th, Corvette Club
#47 Wednesday, May 24th, Solidarity Ride< #48 Wednesday, September 20th, Gazette
#49 Tuesday, October 17th, Ia City VA and Health Car
Honoring the service of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans of Eastern Iowa
Until our next Honor Flight, October 17th 2023
WELCOME TO THE EASTERN IOWA HONOR FLIGHT
The mission of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is to provide veterans with a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to visit monuments and memorials built in their honor for the sacrifice and service they made for our freedom.
All veterans are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to WW2 Veterans, Korean War Veterans, and Veterans with catastrophic illness followed by Vietnam Veterans and Veterans from other conflicts. Even if you did not serve in combat you are still eligible to apply. Our mission is to take every veteran who applies. Due to a large waiting list please apply only once, your applications are kept on file.
Who is eligible to apply? Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard veterans serving during war or peace time, serving over seas or stateside.
The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight accepts applications from veterans in Benton, Iowa, Jasper, Jones, Johnson, Linn, Marshall, South Tama, Poweshiek and Washington Counties. Veterans from surrounding areas are welcome if they are able to fly from The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.
2023 is off to a great start. With three of our four flights completed we would like to thank every veteran for their service and sacrifice they made to make the United States of America the greatest country in the world. We would also like to thank the guardians for their part in making a memorable day for their veteran. Thank you also goes out to the sponsors of each flight for supporting the veterans.
Just how many volunteers contribute time to the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight? Click here to see the many individuals and groups that work hard behind scenes to make each flight a success. We have been told many times by the National Honor Flight Volunteers in Washington, D.C. that the Eastern Iowa Honor Flights is one of the most well organized groups they see. That is because of our dedicated volunteer staff. Kudos to our group and the hard work they do.
Photos from Honor Flight 47 are now available on our Photo Gallery Page. Honor Flight 47 was sponsored by the Solidarity Ride. Click on the Photo Gallery tab to take you to the photos.
Iowans who served.
When World War 2 broke out, 226,638 Iowa men and women answered the call to duty. Of those who served 8,398 died in the line of duty. But World War 2 would not be the last time Iowans would face danger in a foreign country. From June of 1950 to the end of combat on July 27, 1953, 85,341 Iowans served in the Korean Conflict. Of those, 508 were killed. Then came Vietnam. From the first landing of Marines at Danang in March of 1965 until Saigon fell in April of 1975, 115,000 Iowans were either drafted or enlisted in all branches of service. Eight hundred sixty-seven Iowans never came home. Two other calls to duty were the Persian Gulf (August 2, 1990-February 28, 1991) and Panama/Granada invasion (October 25, 1983-December 15, 1983). Between the two, 3,935 Iowans served. Of those 7 died in the Persian Gulf and 2 in Panama/Granada.