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Honor Flight veterans receive warm welcome home

After a long day in Washington D.C. over 30 veterans returned home to a warm welcome at the John Wood Community College gymnasium.

The trip came home just after midnight on Friday, a little later than planned for the first Great River Honor Flight of 2014.

Their bus broke down on the way to St. Louis, but the group was able to get on another bus and continue on a later flight.

Thirty-two veterans took part in the one-day trip to and from Washington, D.C., to see their memorials and visit our nation's capital. You can follow their trip with photo updates at WGEM.com/HonorFlight, or follow @GRHonorFlight on Twitter.

The veterans returned to the always popular heroes' welcome at John Wood Community College in Quincy. But the warm welcome began well before they arrived in the Gem City. The bus was escorted in by motorcycle riders donning patriotic gear and flags. As the bus passed through each town on the way home, residents lined the streets to salute them.

Korean War Veteran Ron Dedert said that despite the delays, he still enjoyed the trip.

"The motorcade met us at Bowling Green; that was just absolutely awesome. The whole trip was awesome. The guys have done a super job of organizing this. Everything just went like clockwork," said Dedert.

Then next Great River Honor Flight takes off May 22nd.


1:00 a.m.        Check-in for participants of Honor Flight - John Wood - Quincy

1:30 a.m.        Guardian briefing at John Wood

1:45 a.m.        Bus loading

2:00 a.m.        Depart Quincy

4:00 a.m.        Arrive St. Louis Airport

5:50 a.m.        Southwest Airlines Flight 4930 departs STL

Following times are Eastern

11:20 a.m.        Flight arrives at BWI (Baltimore) Board bus for trip to Washington and Korean War Memorial Lunch and Video of Korea Memorial to be played

12:40 p.m.        Arrive at Korean Memorial, Lincoln, Vietnam Memorials.

1:55 p.m.          World War II Memorial

2:55 p.m.          Iwo Jima Memorial

3:30 p.m.         Arlington National Cemetery

4:40 p.m.          Air Force Memorial

6:50 p.m.        Southwest Airlines Flight 571 departs Reagan National (DC)

Following times are Central

8:00 p.m.        Flight arrives at STL airport/ Board bus for Quincy

10:30 p.m.       Approximate time of arrival at John Wood Community College in Quincy
                        Upon our departure from St. Louis, we will have a better feel for what time we will be arriving in Quincy for those picking vets and guardians up.


Donald Billingsley, Industry Ill.
Charlie Cowan, Quincy Ill.
Ron Dedert, Quincy, Ill.
Dan Dittmer, Longwood, Fla.
Bill Dorris, Canton, Mo.
James Egley, Warsaw, Ill.
Gene Esselman, Quincy, Ill.
Bob Foote, Macomb, Ill.
Ralph Gabrielson, Aurora, Ill.
Ralph Genenbacher, Quincy, Ill.
Don Giltner, Louisiana, Mo.
Oren Gosney, Durham, Mo.
Louis Hoerr, Taylor, Mo.
Zach Hooker, Griggsville, Ill.
Marvin Hoyt, Barry Ill.
Lee Jackson, Mt. Sterling, Ill.
Dean Jefferson, Colchester, Ill.
Bob Kerr, St., Warsaw Ill.
Earl Kibler, Palmyra, Mo.
Robert Koenig, Quincy, Ill.
Pete Lane, Mt. Sterling, Ill.
Jerry Ohnemus, Quincy, Ill.
Rex Power, Quincy, Ill.
Floyd Pray, Quincy, Ill.
James Ruxlow, Quincy, Ill.
Lawrence Schroeder, Edina, Mo.
Louis Schroeder, Macomb, Ill.**
Gail Smith, Clayton, Ill.
Everett Sparks, Quincy, Ill.
Ray Thomas, Quincy, Ill.
Brodie Westen, Macomb, Ill.
James Wiseman, Knox City, Mo.

**Denotes WWII

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