Local Vietnam era veterans, Conrad Nelson and Dean Shinn, were selected to be on the Honor 14th Honor Flight in Washington D.C.
Six buses and two planes took participants to the Holiday Inn on Tuesday, May 21 for dinner at the Hy-Vee Center in West Des Moines before departing to Washington D.C. Hy-Vee sponsored the flights, and many veterans gave speeches.
A total of 240 Iowa veterans were given a tour of the World War II Monument, Arlington Cemetery for the changing of the guard, the Iwo Jima monument, the new Air Force monument close to the Pentagon and the Vietnam, Korea and Lincoln Monuments.
The majority of constituents were Vietnam War veterans. Others were Korean War veterans and one 101-year-old World War II veteran.
Along the way, Nelson and Sinn were greeted and welcomed by many groups. They also had well-wishers at every step of the way, whether they were traveling down the streets of Des Moines or departing or arriving at the airports.
Veterans who were selected for the tour enjoyed first class treatment. Those with special needs were helped and well taken care of, and Nelson and Sinn felt honored and special.
Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that transports veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.