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Buena Vista Co. veterans prepare for the trip of a lifetime

STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) - The nation's capitol is home to many landmarks including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon.

But, the reason some Siouxland veterans are headed to Washington D.C. next month, is to see the landmarks erected in their honor.

Bill Wessendorf has never been to Washington D.C., but he has been to Korea. He served time in the Army as a Private First Class during the Korean War. His 8 months stationed abroad started in Incheon.

"That's where we landed off the troop ship," Wessendorf said.

His time in the U.S. Army earned him the title of soldier and veteran. And now, Wessendorf will get to see the memorial erected in his and his fellow military members' honor. He put his name in to go on an honor flight to D.C. about two years ago. He was overjoyed when he found out he'll be headed there in May.

"Ohh, I was tickled to death because people who had gone before me, they had a good time, so I knew I was going to have a good time too, or going to," Wessendorf said.

Robert Meseck, a good friend of Wessendorf's, and also a Korean War Veteran will be sharing the honor with his pal.

"I'm mostly impressed going over there to see the Iwo Jima memorial and also all the other memorials," Meseck said.

Along with seeing the Iwo Jima Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery, there are a few other things Meseck's excited about.

"When I was in service, I did a little bit of flying, but it was all on prop planes, and I've never been in a jet. And, also another highlight, my daughter's going along as a guardian," Meseck said.

He said he didn't talk about his days in the Marines much with his family, but now he's proud to share those memories.

"I had a friend tell me one time, 'how come the older we get, the more patriotic we get. Absolutely, it's true. I don't know why. I suppose it's because we've got more time to think about it,'" Meseck said.

And, being in Washington D.C. will allow them more time to reflect on those days they spent defending our freedom.

The honor flight Meseck and Wessendorf will be going on is a one-day trip. It takes off on May 10 from Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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