Sanford Health joined with KELO-TV, First PREMIER Bank and multiple other donors to honor World War II Vets with the inaugural South Dakota Honor Flight.
Sanford Health joined with KELO-TV, First PREMIER Bank and multiple other donors to honor World War II Vets with the inaugural South Dakota Honor Flight. Honor Flight provides a free trip for WWII Veterans to see their national memorial in Washington, DC. The national WWII memorial was completed and dedicated in 2004, at a time when most surviving veterans were more than 80 years old and not likely to travel to the memorial on their own.
The inaugural South Dakota Honor Flight in May brought 122 veterans and more than 40 guardians or staff members to Washington, DC to see the memorial. Their trip also included tours of the Korean, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials as well as a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
“On behalf of myself and my very own World War II veteran and mother, it is with a very happy heart that I express our gratitude to Sanford Health for supporting Honor Flight,” said Leah Moncur, Insurance Specialist with Sanford Clinic Plastic Surgery. “I was fortunate in that I could sit with several of these men and women to hear some of their stories. I was humbled by their words and often moved to tears."
Honor Flight is currently fundraising to bring more WWII veterans to Washington, DC. To learn more, visit www.honorflightsd.org.