A ‘lap of honor’ to help raise funds to send veterans to Washington DC
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – After a break due to the pandemic, Midwest Honor Flight is expected to resume flights in September. Sunday, a walk on the ground helps veterans get to the nation’s capital.
“We really had no idea how it would turn out, but the community of Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities here in the Midwest are really successful today,” said Midwest Honor Flight President and Director Aaron Van Beek. “Well over 100 bikes and vehicles that signed up today and came out and finally honored our veterans, and that’s what we do on the flights, and that’s what we did here today. hui. “
The event began at the South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, with bikers then passing the VA Hospital and heading to the new South Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
All proceeds from today’s event are used to send veterans to Washington DC
“We can’t explain how excited we are to have been told that we’re going to be back in the air this year. Our veterans must fly. They need this closure so we’re very, very excited, ”said Gold Star’s mom Elaine Leusink.
“They need to be able to get out, and for some it’s probably a closure or a welcome home that they never had, especially the Vietnam veterans never had when they came back. Learn to see their buddies on the wall. I know a lot of emotions are very high on this day, ”said Vietnam veteran Kevin Muilenburg.
Sunday’s event also had an announcement.
“Midwest Honor Flight will partner with Wreaths Across America, which is a national non-profit organization that places a Christmas wreath on the graves of every veteran at every participating location,” said Van Beek.
Van Beek said the event raised enough money to send eight veterans on a flight this fall.
“Our veterans get this healing, this honor and this closure by seeing their memorials and that’s our reason for being,” Van Beek said.
The organization will announce the dates of two flights on Monday.