Montana News

Apr 13, 2013 4:33 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

Big Sky Honor Flight preparing to take more MT veterans to D.C.

HELENA - About 90 World War II veterans from Montana and their supporters are preparing for a trip to Washington, DC.

The veterans are leaving April 21st.

It's the third trip to the nation's capital funded by the Big Sky Honor Flight organization, which has already sent 184 veterans to visit the World War II Memorial and other D.C. sights.

The organization is asking the public for help in sending the veterans on this once in a lifetime tour.

Lt. Governor John Walsh explained, "Each flight costs about $150,000, and we've got three flights scheduled. We've got one in April, one in May, and one in June. And so we already have enough veterans to fill those flights. And so we need to make sure we can pay for those now, so we're making a big fundraising effort across the state of montana in order to make sure we can raise the money."

So far the organization has raised more than $600,000 on behalf of the veterans flights.

KXLH anchor Tim McGonigal, whose father was a World War II pilot, will be on board the flight in May and will bring us reports from the experience.

Visit the Big Sky Honor Flight website to learn how you can help.

Photo above is from a Big Sky Honor Flight in September; click here to read more and watch the video.