“We can’t all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”
That quote from humorist Will Rogers summarizes what the WDAY Honor Flight was all about. Our goal was to make sure our veterans felt like the heroes we know they are. The WDAY Honor Flight sent more than 1,000 area WWII and Korean War veterans to their memorials in Washington D.C. free of charge from 2007 to 2017. It was our way of saying “thank you” for a job well done.
The WDAY Honor Flight began in 2007 as the WDAY WWII Honor Flight, when radio personality Tracy Briggs went to her bosses at WDAY and asked about sending one flight of veterans to Washington, D.C. to thank them for their service. With the backing of WDAY and all of Forum Communications as well as generous volunteers and community support, the WDAY WWII Honor Flight sent more than 4 trips of approximately 600 veterans to Washington from 2007 to 2008. The project disbanded in the summer of 2008.
In 2015, VA nurse Jane Matejcek, an Honor Flight volunteer from 2007 and 2008, decided to restart the Honor Flight serving North Dakota and Minnesota. Forum Communications was the media sponsor. From 2015 to 2017, the WDAY Honor Flight sent another 400 plus veterans to D.C. In January of 2018, the board of the WDAY Honor Flight voted to change the name of the project to Veteran’s Honor Flight of ND/MN.
For more information about the new project go to veteranshonorflightndmn.org. The website is currently under construction. The group also has a website called, Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN.