The dreams of another 90 Montana World War II veterans to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C. will take flight in September.
Organizers for Big Sky Honor Flight announced last week that the second group of Montana World War II veterans will make their trip to the nation’s capital on Sept. 23-24 as a tribute to their service to America. Thanks to continuous support from corporate, family and individual donors, Big Sky Honor Flight is able to make its second flight in less than four months. The first flight was June 15-16.
“Our first trip was such a total success, thanks to the donors and volunteers,” said Big Sky Honor Flight Committee Vice President Bill Kennedy. “Because of them, we will continue to bestow this honor on more of our World War II veterans.”
Big Sky Honor Flight’s mission is to recognize World War II veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington, D.C., — at no cost to them — to see their memorial. Top priority is given to terminally ill veterans. A total of 97 veterans took first trip and nearly 300 have applied to be a part of the program.
The second flight will leave Logan International Airport on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 a.m. and return on Monday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m.
On the chartered jet will be about 90 veterans, 38 escorts, four members of a medical team, six media representatives as well as members of the Big Sky Honor Flight committee, who help the veterans on the trip.
A pre-flight meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 in Billings where more specifics of the flight and the agenda will be discussed with the veterans.
The trip will include stops at memorials and landmarks in the Washington area, including Arlington National Cemetery. The highlight, however, will be a stop at the National World War II Memorial, which was opened in 2004 as a tribute to the millions of Americans who served and died to protect the freedoms still enjoyed today.
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