Honoring Our Veterans

One week from today, our country will celebrate Memorial Day—a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Alumni living in Washington, DC, celebrate our nation’s veterans throughout the year by greeting Iowa-based Honor Flights when they arrive at the World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital.  Launched by the Capital Area IOWA Club (CAIC) to honor Iowa’s “Greatest Generation,”  this initiative is a great example of how the UI Alumni Association’s network of IOWA Clubs work to leverage the broader community of ex-pat Iowans across the country to do good works and build a broader community.  This Honor Flight program is especially unique, given the high concentration of military and ex-military personnel in the greater DC-area. According to Jeff Kueter, CAIC IOWA Club president, “The reverence with which they treat this volunteer undertaking is truly inspiring.”

To date, CAIC members have greeted veterans from Honor Flights departing from Cedar Rapids, Fort Dodge, the Quad Cities, and Waterloo. Over the coming months, CAIC members are planning to greet more flights from Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities, as well as flights from Dubuque and Mason City.  Visit wordpress.iowalum.com/dciowa for information on the Capital Area IOWA Club and http://honorflight.org for information on the Honor Flight program.

Susan Griffith
Director of Alumni Programs

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