Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Solemn Cedar Rapids Airport Ceremony for Iowa Airman


Today at the Cedar Rapids airport the body of an Iowa airman who died during combat recently in Afghanistan was returned to his family. A private jet delivered the body of David Wisniewski, a USAF Captain and a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.

A veteran's group and others (including the flight crew from the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast") lined a receiving area, holding US flags just outside a hanger. After several minutes the plane's hatch opened and a special hoist received the flag draped casket.

An Airforce honor guard slowly carried the Captain's casket to a white hearse. Then a procession led by the Iowa State Patrol and followed by scores of motorcyclists made their way from the airport to Iowa City. The Captain's body will remain there until he is interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. on August 23rd. Know that.