Honored to have served their country

Area Veterans and guardians who went on the most recent Honor Flight stopped for a moment to get a picture in front of the Arlington National Cemetery .  Photo provided

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, is likely to be a day that five Eagle Grove area men will never forget. It’s the day that 130 Veterans and 15 staff members boarded the Brushy Creek Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Dennis Matthews, a 1963 - 1966 Army Veteran who served in Vietnam; Joseph Holmberg, an Army Veteran from 1965 - 1967 who served in Vietnam; Eldon Wood, a Korean Conflict Veteran who served in the Army from 1953 - 1955; Robert Walker, an Army Veteran, and Robert Dishman, a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Navy from 1967 - 1971; were all aboard that flight, proud to spend the day with others from the area who also served their country.

Dennis Matthews was living in Colorado, making a living in rodeo when he decided to enlist.

“(Rodeoing) wasn’t going so well at the time, so I decided to join the Army,” he said. His goal was to become a helicopter pilot, but instead, he was assigned to the heavy weapons division.

Read the full story in the October 12 edition.