Still fresh on everybody’s mind, I would like to extend a big thank you to the Billings community, the many volunteers we had, and the crew that helped us load, unload and assist our 97 veterans on the inaugural Big Sky Honor Flight.
It was a quick two-day trip, but the excitement and many stories I heard from the World War II veterans were priceless! This was truly a trip of a lifetime for these veterans who have waited so long to be thanked for a job well done in WWII.
As I mentioned, our helpers, escorts and medical staff did so much to make the trip wonderful. From loading and unloading 60 wheelchairs at every stop, checking oxygen and taking care of all that was needed, the assistance was tremendous. Also, Tom Binford, airport staff and the Traffic Safety Administration did an exceptional job in seeing that everything went smoothly.
Last, but not least, I want to thank the board members who, since October of last year, have attended meeting after meeting to line up our first Big Sky Honor Flight, job well done!
But our job is not done yet. We still have two, three, four and possibly five flights to take all eligible WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans from all wars back to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII Memorial.
Once again I’m asking for your help. We have raised just over $100,000 for the second flight and will be able to make reservations for a plane, but still need help. If you would like to donate, have a fund-raiser, or help in any other way, please contact us at www.bigskyhonorflight.org. We would love to talk to your group and are doing everything we can to let people know how important this is to our veterans.
Feel free to contact me or members of the BSHF Board. Once again, thanks everyone for your prayers and support!
Yellowstone County Commissioner