A lodge is hoping to make an honor flight to the national’s capital a reality for a group of veterans.
Neosho Lodge No. 27 in LeRoy is planning to sell raffle tickets, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Walmart Supercenter, 2101 S. Princeton St., Ottawa, to raise funds for the flight to Washington D.C., according to a lodge news release.
Every dollar raised goes toward the honor flights which include 24 area veterans, 24 Southern Coffey County student guardians, seven SCC staff members and one doctor, according to the release.
The two-day flights provide veterans with an opportunity to observe monuments that have been built in honor of their military service, Don Meats, lodge representative, said.
Two flights are organized each year, with one in April and the other on Veterans Day in November, he said.
“The total cost of these trips is between $20,000 to $25,000 depending on the cost of fuel,” Meats said. “Our goal is to raise $50,000 and, hopefully, much, much more.”
A dozen flights have been organized thus far from SCC for 288 veterans, including some from Franklin County. Veteran applications continue to come in weekly, Meats said.
“As of today, applications are in place for the next five flights,” he said.
The raffle includes prizes and a special drawing for a Henry Arms 22 rifle, according to the release.