Nearly 80 veterans from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska are having a week to remember thanks to Midwest Honor Flight.
KELOLAND’s Matt Holsen went along for Mission Three; he spoke with the President and Director of the organization at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
Holsen: Aaron, why do you do this?
Aaron Van Beek: It’s really simple. These veterans need this honor and this closure of seeing the memorials that the American people have put in our nation’s capital dedicated to their service and their fellow comrades and their branches for that matter. It brings that sense of healing and closure that their service and sacrifices made for our country and those around the world, that their services will never be forgotten.
Holsen: What kind of reactions have you been getting?
Van Beek: They are so thankful and this is their day of the American people’s thanks yet they are so thankful and happy to be here and get this experience to see what’s on the National Mall for them. It really is a tremendous day for them and one they will talk about for the rest of their lives.
Holsen: Something you guys will want to continue in the future?
Van Beek: With over 500 Veterans on a wait list, we’re going to continue to do this as long as we have applications. We’re hoping the applications run out before the funding does. That’s kind of where we’re at right now, just getting flights funded and continuing to get our veterans out here as quickly as we can.
We take you along on the ride on Eye on KELOLAND Wednesday night at 10.