First honor flight of 2018 takes off from Eastern Iowa Airport

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, more than 100 veterans from Eastern Iowa boarded a plane headed to D.C. for the first honor flight of the year.

It was also the 31st honor flight to take off from the Eastern Iowa Airport as these veterans will get to visit the memorials dedicated to their service.

Once in D.C., these veterans will visit the WWII, Korean, Vietnam memorials, as well as visit Arlington National Cemetery, and other memorials.

There are three WWII, 24 Korean, 73 Vietnam Era, and one Other conflict veteran that will be onboard.

Veterans will begin reporting to the Eastern Iowa Aiport at 5:30 a.m. and are expected to take off at 7 a.m.

The plane will return to the Eastern Iowa Aiport at 9:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend a special "welcome home ceremony."

Parking is free for those who come out to attend.