At a time when the Nation is divided about the NFL Players National Anthem protests I think we can all agree the National Honor Flight Organization provides a lot of Veterans with the opportunity to see THEIR memorials.

It's the least we can do to say," Thanks."

I have had the desire to do an AM Minnesota program about the Honor Flight efforts for a long time and told Dr. Roy Anderson of Faribault it would be very cool to go on one of the flights.

It is definitely on my bucket list but hasn't worked so far with my busy sports schedule on the radio.

I might be able to make a flight in the spring.

When the World War II Memorial was completed in May of 2004 I offered my Dad, then age 87 to go with me to Washington, D.C. and see it.  I offered to pay for a flight but he said he didn't like to fly (he had not flown since his service days).  I then said I would drive but he said he really had no desire to see it.

"It's a chapter of my life I just don't want to re-visit." He told me.

Honor Flight offers free flights to World War II and Korean Veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their Monuments.

Since the Honor Flight organization begain in May of 2005, 180,000 plus Veterans and 115,000 plus Guardians from across the United States have been safely transported as Guests of Honor.

The non-profit Honor Flight Twin Cities chapter is a partnership with the National Honor Flight Organization.

World War Two and Korean War Veterans complete an application to go on an Honor Flight.

These one day excursions leave from the Termiinal 2 at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport very early in the morning and come back in the evening.

Guardians pay $500 to accompany the Veterans throughout the day.

Dr. Anderson will have a couple veterans with him on AM Minnesota to talk about their experiences.

Wayne Windjum was stationed in Iceland and Cliff Voxland in Alaska during their military service and recently went on one of these flights.

Sun Country flies out at 6:00 a.m, and returns at 10:20 p.m.

They come home to a Homecoming Party at MSP Terminal 2.

Trips aren't possible without our support and Honor Flight Twin Cities is a 501 (c) (3) non profit.  All donations are tax deductible.  You can donate on their website or mail your contribution check to Honor Flight Twin Cities and in the memo area of the check put Honor Flight TC.

Honor Flight Twin Cities

Attn. Jerry and Jane Kyser

2674 Mackubin St.

Roseville, Mn. 55113

I hope you can listen 9:30 a.m. Friday but if that time doesn't work we will be videotaping the program and uploading it to our YouTube channel

The show should be uploaded by mid-afternoon and available anytime after that for your enjoyment.

Honor Flight Twin Cities Logo.
Honor Flight Twin Cities Logo.
Honor Flight Veteran Visits Iwo Jima Monument. photo provided by HFTC
Honor Flight Veteran Visits Iwo Jima Monument. photo provided by HFTC

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