Editorial: Honor Flight - Ready for takeoffArea World War II veterans — 110 of them — are about to set forth on a trip more than six decades in the making.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
Area World War II veterans — 110 of them — are about to set forth on a trip more than six decades in the making.
The inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight will take off Friday for Washington, D.C., enabling those who served our great nation so many years ago the chance to see the World War II Memorial and other monumental sites in and around the U.S. capital. It will be a whirlwind, two-day journey that will almost certainly be highly emotional for nearly all involved.
It should not go without noting that the veterans couldn’t be making this trip without the help of so many southwest Minnesotans. Together, we stepped up to give those who gave so much of themselves a special thank you.
When the Daily Globe started its series of weekly profiles of area veterans last December, the fund-raising goal of $136,000 seemed like a tall order. But thanks to efforts throughout the region — including sales of Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight buttons, a lucrative Deep Freeze Dip in Worthington’s Lake Okabena and many, many more — our citizens’ generosity not only made this week’s trip possible, but has greatly increased the likelihood of a second Honor Flight trip this fall.
On Friday evening, veterans on the Honor Flight trip will be the guests of honor at a Hero’s Banquet in Washington. It will be a wonderful tribute to our World War II heroes, and each of us who helped make their journey to Washington, D.C., is — on a smaller scale — a hero, too.