CUBA CITY—Another Honor Flight group flew out of the Dubuque Regional Airport on May 19 and 20, giving veterans an opportunity to visit their war memorials in Washington D.C.
Korean War veteran Kenneth Wills, an 83-year-old resident of Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, was one of the lucky veterans chosen to participate in the Honor Flight this month. Wills has lived in the Galena, Ill., and Hazel Green communities and operated a business out of Cuba City in the past.
Wills said he served for two years with the United States Army during the Korean War.
“I wanted to volunteer for the Navy, but I was busy working when I was recruited,” Wills said.
He served from 1951-53 as an engineer. He helped reconstruct buildings that were bombed in South Korea to provide the local people a place to live.
Staff at Epione Pavilion filled out the paperwork for Wills and prepared him for the events.
“It was an interesting day,” Wills said.
His favorite part was seeing where President Barak Obama lives in Washington D.C.
“They really took care of us,” Wills said. “After serving the country as men of service, they took good care of us.”
He said there was a large crowd at the Grand River Center in Dubuque to welcome the veterans home. He also received a lot of letters from friends and family.