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Superior High School teacher Kyle Smith (center) makes a $3,856 donation from the high school's students and social studies department staff to Honor Flight board members (from left) Pete Moran, Jerry Herrington, Judy Greske and Karin Swor at the Bong Heritage Center in Superior on Monday morning. Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com

The next Honor Flight is fundraising already

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The next Honor Flight Northland's trip is scheduled for May 15.

The travel date for the third flight was announced Monday at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.

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"We hope to continue to receive applications," said organizer Jerry Herrington. "The plane right now is about half full."

Honor Flight Northland recognizes veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them out to Washington D.C. to see the memorial built in their honor. Top priority is given to veterans of World War II and terminally ill veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, so they too may see the memorials built in their honor.

A flight costs about $90,000 to allow veterans to fly free; guardians pay about $600 to help guide veterans on the flight.

"Just today, we've raised one-eighteenth of our cost to put it in perspective, Herrington said. "That's quite a bit."

Honor Flight Northland flew 103 veterans to Washington D.C. in May and another 95 in

October.

"Our goal with Honor Flight is to keep them going until all eligible World War II veterans have gone," Herrington said. "We plan on continuing until all eligible Korean and Vietnam war veterans are able to get out to see their memorials. We've been at this for a year, and I anticipate this going for another three or four years at least."

For more information, call 218-409-6110 or visit www.honorflightnorthland.org.

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