Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg accompanied his grandfather, Glenn Gregg of Hawarden, on the Midwest Honor Flight from Sioux Falls, SD, to Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning. Midwest Honor Flight is part of the Honor Flight Network, which transports veterans to our nation’s capital to visit war memorials built in their honor.

“I feel deeply honored to join my grandpa and other true American heroes on this trip,” Lt. Gov. Gregg said. “This Midwest Honor Flight gives us an incredible opportunity to remember and reflect on their sacrificial service. Of course, this day is even more special because I get to experience it with my grandpa—a man I have admired and respected my entire life.”

Glenn Gregg, 92, is a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He joined the Army after turning 18 years old. He was shot in the leg while fighting in Germany in November 1944. Due to medical complications, he had to have his leg amputated below the knee in 2010. Gregg received his Purple Heart nearly 65 years after his injury when it was discovered that he had never been given the medal he earned on the battlefield.

“Throughout history, service members like Glenn Gregg have bravely distinguished themselves with courage in combat and commitment to country,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “Now, it’s our time to repay their selfless sacrifice. I’m thankful for organizations like Midwest honor Flight who are dedicated to providing veterans with both the closure they need and the honor they deserve.”

Gregg is one of more than 85 veterans from northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota traveling to Washington, D.C., Tuesday. The group is scheduled to return to Sioux Falls around 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend a welcome home ceremony in the Sioux Falls Regional Airport lobby.