ND Native Veterans Honor Flight planned for nation’s capital

About 112 veterans, including from Minot and area, will be taking part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., this month.

The North Dakota Native Veterans Honor Flight is sponsored by N.D. tribes and casinos, and other donors including the National Honor Flight Network.

Beth Bouley, Grand Forks, national mentor for the Honor Flight Network, said the veterans from World War II to Persian Gulf range in ages from 28 to 96. The flight is not limited to Native Americans but is open to all veterans.

Besides Minot, the group will include veterans from Garrison, Belcourt, New Town, Mandaree, Parshall, Dunseith, Rolla, Williston, Bottineau and Rugby.

Nineteen of the veterans will have family members accompanying them, said Bouley.

This will be Bouley’s 15th Honor Flight trip. Dan Hennes of Minot will be an Honor Flight volunteer for the trip. Logan Davis, an Army Vietnam-era veteran and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa member will be the flight’s photographer/videographer. He’s also editor of the MHA (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara) Times at New Town.

The group is scheduled to leave Bismarck airport the morning of Monday, Oct. 22, to travel to Washington, D.C. Their itinerary in Washington will include visiting the Vietnam, Korean, Lincoln, World War II and other memorials, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and the National Archives for a private viewing of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. A banquet will be held in their honor in Crystal City, Va., that Monday evening. The group is scheduled to return to Bismarck the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The ND Native Honor Flight is a sanctioned hub of the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization, based in Ohio. The network’s mission is to transport American veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifice of themselves and friends.

The trip is 100 percent free for veterans – with the exception of purchasing souvenirs, Bouley said.