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.


63° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

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

Car Crashes Into SF House

4/24/2014 8:00 AM

Two children are safe and uninjured after a car crashed through their house.

Full Story
FBI Investigates Suspected Serial Child Molester

4/22/2014 1:14 PM

The FBI is asking for help to identify at least 90 victims of a suspected serial child predator who worked in American schools worldwide for four deca...

Full Story
Car Against Guard Rail On I-229

4/21/2014 7:24 AM

Sioux Falls Police and the South Dakota highway patrol responded to a crash around 11:45 Sunday night. The initial call came in as a vehicle fire...

Full Story | Watch
SFPD: 80 Involved In Overnight Bar Fight

4/18/2014 11:42 AM

Sioux Falls Police broke up a large fight Friday morning at Bigs Sports Bar on West 12th Street.

Full Story
Two-Year-Old Safe After Kidnapping

4/24/2014 10:45 AM

A two-year-old Sioux Falls child is safe following a cross country kidnapping.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED