User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


79° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

'A Final Salute' To Veterans, Organizers

September 12, 2011, 7:08 PM by Kelly Bartnick

'A Final Salute' To Veterans, Organizers
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The greatest generation of KELOLAND has one more final salute.

For the past two years, KELOLAND-TV has chronicled the Honor Flight trips to the nation's capital to give World War II Veterans a look at their memorial on the National Mall.

The 12 flights that took more than a thousand World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. But that's nothing compare to the work put in by the people who literally took on a second, unpaid, full-time job to make everything happen.

There were countless men and women behind the front lines of the Honor Flight. But its success is partly due to three men who started it all.

"Larry called and said, 'Hey, I am willing to help.' And I said, 'What makes you think I'm interested?'" Dave Landry said.

Landry heard about the effort from a friend out-of-state. It was that same friend who put him in touch with Larry Rohrer and Rick Tupper.

"These people and the service and everybody at home that helped them saved the world for democracy. That's the thank you," Rohrer said.

"When you're talking about having tor raise $125,000 a flight, it takes a lot of $10 and $20 donations. But the people of South Dakota did it," Tupper said.

When the effort began, the men had no idea just how big it would be or the thousands of lives touched by it.

"Every time you would think this was it, or it can't get any better, it seems like the next stop there was something even more of a surprise," Landry said.

"You get there with 110 different people and all have a different story. And while they'll tell you, 'I really didn't do anything,' you sit back and listen. Then your jaw drops. You're just in awe," Tupper said.

Every man and woman who went on the trip will tell you they appreciated the efforts just as much as the men who put in the time to thank them.

"Be the last one off the plane. Be the one after the parade who helps sweep up. Come down the stairs after everyone's left for the party, and you'll appreciate it even more," Rohrer said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

16-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teen Found

9/15/2014 10:53 AM

According to Sioux Falls Police, 16-year-old Piper Hyser was found Sunday afternoon.

Full Story
Vikings' Peterson Indicted For 'Reckless Or Negligent Injury To A Child'

9/12/2014 4:14 PM

According to reports, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for ‘reckless or negligent injury to a child.&rs...

Full Story
Sioux Falls Officer Injured In Vehicle Crash

9/12/2014 10:55 AM

A Sioux Falls Police Officer was taken to the hospital by ambulance after a crash on his motorcycle this morning.

Full Story
Freeman Forfeits But Fights On

9/11/2014 10:00 PM

It looks like business as usual for the Freeman Flyers, running through drills and working on technique, but this week is anything but.

Full Story | Watch
Adrian Peterson Turns Himself In

9/13/2014 7:09 AM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to authorities in Texas Saturday morning after he was indicted by a grand jury for ch...

Full Story


Events