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Grammar detail: へと

へと - add emphasis and color
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When the direction marker へ is followed by と, it turns a simple statement of fact into a more emphatic or vivid description of a situation.
わたし
ともだち
友達
アメリカ
しゅっぱつ
出発
した

My friends set off to America.
Without the と, this sentence would have the same English translation. However, with the と, the sentence has a more picturesque, evocative nuance: "My friends set off ... to America!" etc.
かいぎ
会議
しちがつ
7月
じゅうごにち
15日
さきおく
先送
りされる

The meeting was postponed to July 15th.
With or without the と, the literal meaning is the same. However, the と adds a nuance - for example an underlying implication that we think it's unfortunate that the meeting has been postponed, or that the 15th July is a strange choice etc.
その
いろ
きいろ
黄色
から
りょくしょく
緑色
しだい
次第
わる

The colors shade from yellow into green.
The addition of と here makes the sentence more literary and poetic.
In general, whenever this form is used, the same sentence without the と would be grammatically correct, although in some cases に would be more natural than へ.
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Kanji used in this grammar

シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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ユウ   とも friend   
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タツ    arrive   
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シュツ   スイ   だ to take out, to put out   で to go out, to exit   
ハツ   ホツ    emission, discharge   
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カイ   エ   あ to meet   
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ギ    deliberation   
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ガツ   ゲツ   つき month; moon   
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
セン   さき ahead   
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ソウ   おく to send, to escort   
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ショク   シキ   いろ color   
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オウ   コウ   き yellow   
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ロク   リョク   みどり green   
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ジ   シ   つぎ next   つ to come after   
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ダイ    number   
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ヘン   unusual   かえる to alter, change   かわる to change   
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