(Estherville, Iowa) Iowa Lakes music students will be traveling to Fort Dodge on Saturday, May 11th, as part of a concert band honoring veterans returning from a visit to Washington D.C. at Fort Dodge Regional Airport.
The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, one of many similar programs nationwide, helps fly veterans to visit war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C., at no cost to them.
Originally set up for World War II veterans, Honor Flights have since expanded to include those who served in the Korean and Vietnam War eras.
More than 150 veterans spend the day in Washington D.C., and upon their return to Fort Dodge they receive a Hero’s Welcome Ceremony that includes a band concert. Iowa Lakes students have participated in the event for a number of years, demonstrating support and service for our country’s veterans.
“I am so proud of my students for giving up a Saturday evening, driving the distance and playing the late night concert,” said Carol Ayres, instrumental music professor, who participates in the concert. “Considering the sacrifice, all of our veterans endured to secure our liberties, this is a small price for a worthy cause that will make a lifelong memory.”
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