Some 350 World War Two veterans from central Iowa flew from Des Moines to Washington, D.C. today on what’s called an " Honor Flight " to visit the World War Two Memorial. Jasper County Treasurer Doug Bishop help sign up some of the veterans from his county that are on the trip.
He says there are veterans who were on Omaha Beach and Utah Beach on D-Day, some from the Pacific Theatre, on escort carriers, and some who served with General MacArthur in the Philippines. The day-long trip allows the veterans to see the monument that was built in their honor. Bishop says it’s a good idea.
"I think this is an honor that is well deserved and a long time coming," Bishop says. The honor flight was made possible by a 250-thousand dollar donation from Hy-Vee. The veterans will also get to see the Iwo Jima Monument, Arlington Cemetery, the Korean and Vietnam memorials, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will return home today.