Fundraiser held in Rapid City for Honor Flight

RAPID CITY, SD — Veterans will often tell you that a trip on the Midwest Honor Flight is the trip of a lifetime.

To keep the program going, a fundraiser dance was held Sunday at the Moose Lodge in Rapid City.

Honor Flight is a non- profit organization that takes veterans on a trip to see war memorials.

“It gives the veterans a chance to see the memorials in Washington D.C. which is something that I think everyone should do at least one time” said organizer John Phelps.

Veterans from South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota take flight together throughout the year.

All expenses for the flight are paid via donation, and the organization hosts several fundraisers in the Midwest.

“This is the first fundraiser I believe we’ve had in Rapid City at all,” said Honor Flight Board of Directors member Gregg Bauer, “Everybody is having a good time and a lot of people are here”

All of the proceeds from sales, tickets and raffles go towards the Midwest Honor Flight

“Ten dollars to get in and we sell 50/50 tickets and we have dozens of door prizes too to give away” said event founder Evelyn Leite Knapp.

There was a live band providing the music and most of the dances were Western and Country dances. People could couple up and dance or solo, and they even featured a belly dancing show.

Each year the Midwest Honor Flight takes hundred veterans that served in World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War.

For many the flight is a form of closure and a day where veterans can enjoy the camaraderie that often comes with being in the military.

“I’ve belonged to the Legion and DAV for years,” said Allen Knapp, a Vietnam Veteran “We need to support each other.”

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