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Local veterans hold fundraiser for WWII vets

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. is the destination for the Siouxland Veterans Honor Flight, to be held on June 2. Photo contributed
On Saturday March 14, the Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Office attempted raise $5,000 for the WWII Honor Flight that will go to Washington D.C. on June 2, 2009 from Sioux City.

Local Veterans set up at the Cherokee Hy-Vee store, the Hy-Vee Drugstore, the Hy-Vee Pharmacies in Cherokee and Marcus, the Car-Go-Express in Washta, the Aurelia Hardware Store, and at a location in Quimby.

The fun thing is, if they raised $5,000 on Saturday. Veteran Affairs Director Dana Evans says he will dye his hair red, white and blue, and will keep his hair that way for two weeks. Dana also said that he will have his head shaved after that, if any one person will donate $750. The person who donates the $750 will get the first cut, and other veterans and donators will be able to shave a piece of hair as well. Evans also agreed that he would not wear a hat for at least one month after that.

The dye job and/or haircut will take place at the Veterans Affairs Office, located at 228 1/2 West Main St. in Cherokee.

As of this writing, we have not yet heard if the desired funds were successfully raised.

The Siouxland Honor Flight is currently in the process of preparing to take to the skies with a second flight of WWII Veterans from the Siouxland area, including veterans from Cherokee County.

Their destination will be Washington D. C., where they will personally tour America's "Thank You" for their service, their World War II Memorial.

The inaugural flight, which took place on Sept. 9, 2008, was a huge success. But there are many more Veterans who did not get to go and are still waiting to take their Honor Flight to D.C.

Honor Flight Network, now in its fourth year, is committed to positively changing the lives of WWII Veterans and has already safely transported over 17,000 veterans to the nation's capitol. If you would like more information about Honor Flight, please visit our web site at www.honorflight.org, or call (937) 521-2400, or write: Honor Flight Inc., 300 E. Auburn Ave, Springfield OH 45505.

Local information can be obtained by contacting the Siouxland Honor Flight Hub organizer, Cathy Mueller at 712-577-8888 or email at siouxlandhonorflight@gmail.com.

The one-day trip, anticipated in June of 2009, is open to all WWII Veterans in the Siouxland area who have not yet seen the Memorial. They will be accompanied by guardians (volunteers) as they visit the WWII, Iwo Jima, Korean and Vietnam Memorials. Time allowing, they will also visit the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. All expenses are provided at no cost to the WWII Veterans. In fact, donations from WWII Veterans will not be accepted. They have given us a free world and it's our turn to pay them back. There will be a charge for Guardians, upon selection, which can be made in the form of a donation to Siouxland Honor Flight to help with expenses.

Unfortunately, Honor Flight receives no government sponsorship. They are funded solely by public donations, and their goal is $90,000 to make this second Siouxland Honor Flight happen.

Time is not on their side. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Arlington National Cemetery statistics, about 1,000 WWII Veterans pass away every day. The youngest WWII Vet is 80 years old. In another five to 10 years, most WWII Veterans will be gone, so Honor Flight needs to work quickly before it's too late.

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