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Speaker to talk about Honor Flight

Veterans from the Douglas County area who took part in an Honor Flight out of Fargo on May 20 included (left to right) Henry Bergs and Winfred Polzin, both of Alexandria, and Ralph Jahnke of Parkers Prairie. (Contributed)

Here's an opportunity to learn more about the Honor Flight — a life-changing opportunity for World War II and Korean War veterans to fly to Washington, D.C. and tour the memorials that stand in their honor.

On Tuesday, June 19, in the basement of the Alexandria Eagles Club, Kevin Mahoney of Alexandria will give a presentation to the American Legion Post about the flights. It will start at 7 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Mahoney helped start a local group last fall to support the Honor Flight. The group has three main tasks: Find and identify qualifying vets; encourage them to apply for a flight; and raise money to send them on a free two-day trip to the Capitol.

An Honor Flight last month included three veterans from the Douglas County area — Henry Bergs, Winfred Polzin and Ralph Jahnke.

Each flight has room for 162 passengers, some of them medical staff and volunteers. Each Honor Flight costs about $150,000, which includes airfare, meals, lodging and busing at no cost to the veterans.

Veterans and their guardians stay overnight in Washington, D.C. Their itinerary includes visits to the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial and other sites.They also attend a banquet in their honor during the two-day trip.

For more information about Honor Flight, call Kevin Mahoney at 320-760-6328 or email Mahoney is also willing to attend an organization's meeting to explain the Honor Flight program and outline the fundraising opportunities.

The regular American Legion Post meeting will take place after Mahoney's presentation.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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