Humboldt sets Honor Flight fundraiser

HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt Chapter of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight is planning an evening of entertainment to honor veterans and raise funds for the local Korean War-era vets, who will be traveling on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., Sept. 7 and on future flights.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium at the Humboldt High School. There is no admission charge, but a freewill donation is appreciated to support the cause.

Among the entertainers lined up for the event are the Al Welsh Orchestra, Dee Coleman and some of the members of the Cowboy Church Band, the Harmony Brigade Barbershop Chorus, several individual acts and a special performance by the Humboldt community theatre members-the Dramatic Arts Guild.

“This shapes up as a fine show, and we are really excited about the quality and variety of the talent assembled,” organizer Kent Thompson said.

The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight (covering seven counties in and around Fort Dodge) is a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to raising funds to send veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials. It costs $600 per veteran for the day-long trip.

Through 2012, the nationwide Honor Flight Network with 127 hubs in 41 states had sent almost 100,000 veterans to our nation’s capital.

Sixteen Humboldt County veterans are planning on making the second Honor Flight this year in September.

They are Douglas Monagin, Francis Duffy, Lloyd Goodell, James Buddenhagen, Russell Jensen and Edward Nervig, of Humboldt; Richard Foth, James Terwilliger and Ronald Zeimet, of Livermore; Arnold Bratland, Eugene Mertz and Charles Thatcher, of Bode; Gilbert Sandven, of Hardy; Gilbert Nickell, of Renwick; Verne Waechter, of Ottosen; and Charles Nerem, of Thor.

These veterans as well as Humboldt County veterans who made the first trip in May will be honored during the program.

“We have been very successful in our fundraising efforts and want to continue the momentum to send all of the Korean War-era veterans who want to go, to Washington,” said Humboldt County Chapter Treasurer Daryl Long.

Future Honor Flight plans include arranging trips for Vietnam-era veterans to make the trip.