Area veterans are once again being offered the chance to fly free of charge to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials after the reformation of the WDAY Honor Flight.
The WDAY WWII Honor Flights brought close to 800 WW Veterans to the WWII Memorial at no cost from May of 2007 to May of 2008. The group, with tremendous support from individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations in Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota, raised more than 800,000 dollars to pay for the trips.
Several members of the Honor Flight committee have reunited to once again offer the trips. WDAY and Forum Communications are the media sponsor for the flights but, unlike the previous flights, are not organizing them. This time the flights will be open to veterans from all eras. Veterans will be selected for the flights on a first come first served basis depending upon the era of service. (WWII vets take top priority, followed by Korean vets, etc.)
“Since the last WDAY Honor Flight in 2008, so many Korean war veterans have asked, ‘When is it my turn?’ The answer is ‘Now. It’s your turn now.’ This is a chance to say thank you for your service to this great nation,” says WDAY Honor Flight Board President Jane Matejcek.
The flight is scheduled for July 24th-25th taking off and landing in Fargo. Veterans and their guardians will stay overnight in Washington. The chartered plane holds 162 passengers, some of whom will include medical staff and volunteers. Approved veterans will fly free of charge. Accompanying guardians will pay $750 to go on the trip.
Applications are available online at wdayhonorflight.areavoices.com. The website also has information on how to donate or volunteer.