ALLISON, Iowa – It’s a trip of a lifetime for those that have served our country. The Honor Flight Network has taken thousands of veterans to WashingtonD.C. to visit the memorials and monuments designed for them.
Eldo Kruse and his brothers Harold and Herman all served in the Army during the Korean War. And now, more than 60 years later they’re receiving a special honor.
The siblings are taking off in an honor flight from Waterloo on Tuesday.
“I think that’s great it’s the first that’s ever gone on the flight with three brothers on it,” says Herman Kruse.
In the Honor Flight program’s history there have never been three brothers that have taken part at the same time.
“It sounds like it’s going to be fun. Should be, there’s a lot of guys on there I guess that don’t know hardly any of them except for these two guys,” adds Harold.
Eldo is a resident at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison which is owned by AMCM Corporation, and when staff found out that he and his brothers were all veterans, they wanted to do something special.
“It’s going to be a pretty exciting day, we’ll be leaving from here really early at 4:00 in the morning,” explains Kathy Miller from the Rehabilitation Center.
They’re even getting a police escort to the county line.
The brothers say they’re looking forward to seeing the changing of the guard and the Arlington National Cemetery the most.
Eldo’s daughter JoAnn is also joining the Kruse brothers on the flight.
The Honor Flight Network has transported over 98,000 World War II vets to WashingtonD.C. and they just recently started taking veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.