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      Honor Flight Syracuse makes trip to Capitol for tour: knocks down Iwo Jima blockade

      Late word from Washington, DC that the Central NY Veterans got into the Iwo Jima Memorial by knocking over water-filled barriers. Their three buses were then able to get in to see the landmark.

      Also word that when the Honor Flight plane returns to Hancock Airport this evening, it will be met by a 'water arch' set up by National Guard and airport fire equipment. It will be visible, around 6pm, from the airport viewing area. There's free parking if you wish to go...

      Compared to battling the Germans and Japanese during World War II, working around a Government shut down in Washington D.C. is a challenge easily overcome.

      The dedicated group of Honor Flight Syracuse volunteers made sure this group of 64 aging veterans of World War II and the Korean War had their moment of respect and reflection.

      The veterans took an early morning charter flight out of Syracuse's Hancock Airport. Honor Flight leadership kept them on a strict schedule. The grand World War II Memorial was the first stop by mid-morning. The goal is to bring all Syracuse area veterans to their memorial at no cost to the former service men and women. Volunteers and donations make it happen. SRC, Inc. is the largest corporate sponsor of this Honor Flight. The veterans were matched with volunteer guardians who shuttled them from the tour bus via wheelchair through the memorials.

      Temperatures well into the 80's kept nursing volunteers busy as they monitored the veterans dealing with the heat.

      These veterans are traveling for the first time to the Vietnam Wall, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Monument.

      The quick trip is bringing the charter flight back to Syracuse just after 6:00 pm.

      There is a big welcome home parade planned for inside Hancock Airport. It promises to be an emotional moment for the veterans and families who will come out to watch.