American Legion Post 33 Hosts Midwest Honor Flight Charity Event
STURGIS, SD – It has been almost two years since Midwest Honor Flight completed its mission.
A mission that brings veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam to remember those with whom they served and those who fell in the line of duty while visiting the war memorials they they conducted.
“They haven’t been able to see some of their brethren or see their memorials and pay homage to those they lost in the war and it’s a way for us to pay the next one,” said John Mare, a veteran and member of post 33 of the American Legion.
On Saturday, Post 33 hosted a charity event at the Sturgis Veterans Club to raise funds to send up to 10 veterans to Washington.
The event included a band, silent auction and spaghetti dinner.
“For Midwest Honor Flight, the shipment cost $ 760 per person and we’ve already collected enough to send four,” said Craig Sanderson, commander of American Legion Post 33.
Now 84 veterans are traveling on September 18 to visit their memorials while 123 more are visiting on October 9, all must have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
But for those vets who have waited, following numerous postponements due to the pandemic, they are ready for the chance of a lifetime.
“I know our board of directors is delighted with this. I know veterans who have been consistently told ‘yes, not yet,’ yes, not yet ‘that they are delighted to be leaving, ”said Aaron Van Beek, president and director of Midwest Honor Flight. “Their goalies, in fact, we just finished our last goalie training today here in Rapid City, we are delighted to go and then be able to help their veterans on this flight and live the day with them.”
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