Honor Flight a "fantastic" experience

This photo of the group was taken at Arlington National Cemetery. Front Row, left to right: Robert Walker, (Army, Eagle Grove), Dennis Matthews, (Army, Eagle Grove), Eldon Wood, (Army, Eagle Grove), Jon Thompson, (Army, Rowan), Charlie Walker, Director. Back row: David Walker, (Staff, Eagle Grove), Robert Dishman, (Navy, Eagle Grove), Joseph Holmberg, (Army, Eagle Grove), Richard Rockow, (Air Force, Belmond), Lawrence Lyons, (Army, Clarion). Photo submitted

On September 16, eight veterans from Wright County got to experience a thank you they’ll never forget—exploring Washington D.C. and its memorials with the 15th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. Veterans who’ve been on the flight before have said it was a fantastic day, and this group felt the same way.

The flight included fiveveterans from the Eagle Grove area, one from Belmond, Jon Thompson from Rowan, and Lawrence Lyons from Clarion.

Thompson was an army medic in Vietnam from 1965-67. He settled in Rowan in 2001. Lyons served in the army from 1968-71, and spent 69-70 in Vietnam. He’s lived in Clarion most of his life.

For both, one of the very best parts of the flight was being greeted at Dulles International Airport by hundreds of individuals, military, police and patrolmen, and civilians. The veterans shook hands—maybe hundreds—and were thanked over and over for their service.

“It puts goosebumps on you,” Thompson said.

“It just made everything worthwhile,” Lyons agreed.


For the full story, see the October 12 edition of the Monitor.