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Area Veterans Trip To DC

Area Veterans are heading to Gettysburg and Washington DC this fall, with a few spots left.

Veterans from this area who have traveled east to visit Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. have said how much the trip meant to them. That’s why volunteers are organizing another trip for this September, a trip which will highlight the memorials and monuments at the two destinations.


Organizer Kathy Hawkins of Decorah says the first such trip for area Veterans was held in 2010, with three trips held in 2012 and no trip in 2020 because of COVID. That makes this year’s trip the 16th such trip.

Organizer Bonnie Adams of Spillville says all Veterans from NE Iowa, SE Minnesota and Western Wisconsin are eligible for the trip. A $300 deposit is needed to hold a spot. At this point, trip organizers are looking for a handful of additional Veterans to meet the goal for the trip. Spouses and family members are welcome to travel with their veteran.


The motorcoach will leave NE Iowa on Monday, September 2nd, then will stop at the US Air Force Museum near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio on Tuesday. Wednesday’s activities include the 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania at the site of the Flight 93 crash. Following that stop, the tour will head to Gettysburg, where activities include a Wednesday afternoon tour of the National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. The group will get a tour of Gettysburg’s battlefields on Thursday morning before leaving for Washington, D.C.

The tour will spend three days in the nation’s Capitol. Events will include visits to the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial ; a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery where four of our veterans will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier; stop at the WWI Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, and visit the Navy Plaza in DC.

On Saturday the tour will visit the Marine museum in Triangle, Virginia and also the new Army museum in Belvoir, Virginia. The tour will leave Washington, D.C. Sunday morning and will arrive back in NE Iowa on Monday evening.

For more information about the tour, including costs and lodging choices, contact Christine McConnell at either IAVetsDC@yahoo.com or (563) 379-3720.

Northeast Iowa RSVP Volunteer program is proud to have volunteers who support this program by making all the arrangements and by going on the trip as support staff. RSVP Volunteers who are involved in this trip are Kathy Hawkins, Bonnie Adams, Cindy Yslas, Karen Kerndt, and former support staff Sandy Bishop. You can become an RSVP Volunteer by calling 563-277-5181, emailing rsvp@decorahlibrary.org, stopping in the Decorah Public Library, or applying on-line at www.decorahlibrary.org/rsvp

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