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Veterans Honor Flight out of Grand Forks planned for September

Vets are encouraged to apply for the all-expenses-paid trip to visit war memorials and other historic landmarks in the nation's capital.

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Milo Dullum, 90, a U.S. Navy vet from Dickinson, N.D., visits the Vietnam Women's Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with his daughters, Carole Schalow, Fargo, and Linda Olstad, Nashville, Tenn. The group was part of the Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota and Minnesota in May 2019.
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GRAND FORKS –  A Veterans Honor Flight will fly out of Grand Forks, heading for Washington, D.C., for the first time in at least 10 years, according to Don Roberts, who has led numerous fundraising events to make this experience possible for area veterans.

The flight, departing Sept. 11, will take at least 100 vets on an all-expenses-paid trip to visit war memorials and other historic landmarks in the nations' capital. The flight returns Sept. 13.

“We’re so proud to get this deal going,” Robert said.

In North Dakota, most Honor Flights have originated in Fargo, with the most recent one occurring in May.

In the past, the trip has involved a one-night hotel stay, but has been expanded to two nights, to ease the schedule somewhat and make the trip a little less tiring for veterans, Roberts said.

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Veterans need to apply to participate in the Honor Flight this fall. Priority will be given to veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, in that order. The veteran may be accompanied by a family member.

The flight and all the activities will be staffed by medical and other healthcare professionals and by escorts who push wheelchairs, provide food and refreshments on the buses and bottled water at the landmarks, and attend to any other veterans’ needs that arise.

To apply for the Honor Flight, or for more information, call Roberts at (701) 746-8261 or (218) 284-6667 or go online to https://www.veteranshonorflightndmn.org .

Another Veterans Honor Flight is planned out of Fargo in October. Exact dates for that trip are not yet finalized, Roberts said.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

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