This Saturday Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Office and the VFW Club will holding a fundraiser and auction for the WWII Honor Flight that will go toward the veterans trip to Washington D.C. on June 2, 2009 from Sioux City.
Everyone is encouraged to stop in at the VFW Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to eat a meal with a free-will donation going to the Veterans Honor Flight. There will be an auction at 7 p.m. with items donated from various businesses from around the community.
The Cherokee County Veterans and the VFW Club are asking for your support and to donate for the Siouxland Honor Flight.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The one-day trip in June 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 each day. The youngest WWII Vet is 80 years old. In another five to 10 years, most WWII Veterans will be gone so they need to work quickly before it's too late.