About 90 World War II veterans will travel Friday to Washington, D.C., with the Roughrider Honor Flight.
More than six decades after participating in the largest military campaign in history, the veterans will visit the national WWII Memorial.
Roughrider Honor Flight Committee Chairman Kevin Cramer said this is the honor flightâ€™s fourth trip. Roughrider Honor Flight is based in Bismarck and primarily serves central and western North Dakota veterans.
Following this trip, at least one additional flight will be necessary to accommodate remaining applicants, a news release said. The Bismarck group escorted approximately 300 service men and women to Washington, D.C., on previous flights.Â
â€œTo make future trips possible, donations of any size are needed and will be gratefully accepted from anyone except the veterans we serve,â€ Cramer said in a statement.
The cost of each trip is approximately $150,000, all funded by the private sector. The donations are tax deductible and can be sent to PO Box 220 , Bismarck, N.D. 58502. Applications are available at www.rrhonorflight.com or by calling (701) 373-5416.
The WWII memorial pays homage to the 16 million Americans who served during the campaign. Of the 69,000 men and women from North Dakota who served, it is estimated 6,000 are still living.
The flight is scheduled to touchdown at the Bismarck airport at 9 p.m. CT on Saturday.
Cramer encourages community members to welcome the veterans home at the airport.