In the early morning hours of May 19, 2015, four members of Stinocher Post 460, and their guardians, departed the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids for Washington, DC.
Al Gute (with Kyle Leland), Jim Leland (with Barry Sharp), Jack Neuzil (with Wayne Croy) and David Thuerauf (with Bob Storck) joined 79 other veterans from eastern Iowa for a day-long tour of the various memorials:
L to R: Barry Sharp, Al Gute, Jim Leland, Jack Neuzil, Bob Storck, David Thuerauf, Kyle Leland, Wayne Croy
The World War II Memorial – considered to be sacred ground; pieces of sod from each of the overseas memorial cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery were laid at the site:
The Lincoln Memorial:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Nurses Memorial:
The Korean War Veterans Memorial:
The Women in Military Service Memorial, with Arlington House, Robert E Lee Memorial in the background:
Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the group witnessed two changing of the guard ceremonies and a wreath laying ceremony:
The US Marine Corps Memorial (commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial):
The Air Force Memorial:
The FDR Memorial:
The oldest member of our group was 99 year old Leslie Williams of Cedar Rapids.
Arriving back at the Cedar Rapids airport very late in the evening, the veterans were greeted by several hundred well-wishers. A very memorable, rewarding and exhausting day.