Midwest Honor Flight received an $87,500 grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation Wednesday. The grant will sponsor 84 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans for an all-expenses-paid flight to visit the nation’s capital.
Aaron Van Beek, President and Director of Midwest Honor Flight, says he’s grateful to the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation for their generous support. He says the flights show appreciation for the sacrifice veterans have made in service to our country.
The grant will sponsor the 14th Midwest Honor Flight for the organization, named “Lyon County Riverboat Foundation Mission 14: 16 MAY 2023.” Veterans located throughout northwest Iowa, South Dakota, northeast Nebraska, and southwest Minnesota will be honored on this flight which will take place May 16. Veterans on the flight will see the Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Lyon County Riverboat Foundation President Randy Waagmeester says when the board saw the emotional reactions of the Veterans and their genuine gratitude for the trip, it was an easy decision to make the grant. This is the second flight sponsored by the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.
Midwest Honor Flight is part of the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.