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Send-off ceremony planned for Story County veterans

The Story County Freedom Flight Committee invites all residents and supporters to attend the send-off ceremony that will be held in honor of those Story County wartime veterans who will be making their trip to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 1.

The Patriot Guard Riders, Legion Riders and ABATE of Iowa will lead the motorcycle escort, starting from the ISU parking lot D4 (south of Hilton Coliseum), west to Beach, north to Lincolnway, west to the ISU Memorial Union, north to Union, east of Wallace through Iowa State Campus to University Boulevard, east to Sixth and east past the park, then turning right onto Northwestern, which turns into Main Street. They will then take Main Street to Douglas, then go left on Douglas and then left onto Sixth Street (by the library) to Clark, left on Clark to Fifth Street, right on Fifth to the City Hall parking lot and then disembark to the auditorium.

Supporters interested in riding their motorcycles in honor of the veterans need to be assembled at the ISU parking lot D4 at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. The motorcycle escort will leave ISU at approximately 1:15 p.m., led by the Patriot Guard Riders, Legion Riders, ABATE riders and any other assembled motorcyclists, who will be followed by the city of Ames PD, Story County Sheriff, Ames Fire and then buses carrying the veterans to City Hall for the send-off festivities.

Supporters are encouraged to line the procession route to wave flags and display signs of support. Upon arrival at the City Hall auditorium, the vets will make their way through a flag line. Once inside, the vets will proceed to a separate room and the guests and family members can go inside and take a seat in the auditorium. The send-off ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. All former Honor Flight participants are encouraged to wear their yellow Honor Flight shirts to the day’s activities. All veterans in the auditorium will be recognized during the ceremony, which will conclude by 3 p.m. There will be a short meet and greet session where the public can greet and thank the assembled vets. If you have any questions, please email: storycountyfreedomflight@gmail.com.

The Story County Freedom Flight Committee would like to thank American Legion Post #59, The Ames Tribune, Zylstra Cycles of Ames, and the Ames Parks & Rec Department for free use of the auditorium, and all the citizens and businesses of Story County for making this trip possible for our wartime veterans.

Local veterans taking part in Freedom Flight:

Just over 150 Story County veterans are slated to go on this year’s Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C. Veterans from the Tri-County Times coverage area who plan to be on the trip, as of this past Monday, are:Dale M. Fricke, Collins; Lionel G. Herrold, Cambridge; Clyde A. Hill, Huxley; John H. Howerton, Collins; Owen J. Kalsem, Huxley; Arnold J. Leland, Cambridge; Lupe F. Munoz, Cambridge; August H. Nelson, Maxwell; James R. Newton, Maxwell; Leo R. Richardson, Slater; Wayne R. Rimathe, Slater; Philip K. Romp, Collins; Leslie H. Stanley, Kelley

Attend fundraiser for Freedom Flight

Zylstra Harley-Davidson® will host its 19th Annual Fall Hog Roast on Saturday, Sept. 21, an event that will help raise money for the Story County Freedom Flight. All proceeds from the food donations will be given to the Freedom Flight, which honors veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam for all their sacrifices.The Fall Hog Roast will include live music by Wikid Likir and Richard Arndt and Sweet Treats Ice Cream. KGGO and NASH FM will be present with chances to win a VIP package to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. The Bar of Ames will host a beer garden.

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