The Boeuf & Berger Mutual Insurance Company is hosting the Franklin County Honor Flight BBQ. The BBQ is being held at the New Haven Save-a-Lot parking lot on September 29th, beginning at 10:30 A.M.
The Honor Flight BBQ benefits and raises money for the Franklin County Honor Flight. This event benefits war veterans that have served our country. This flight travels to Washington D.C. and tours various war memorials and monuments for the day. The veterans visit the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Air Force Memorial.
JoAnn Kuschel, who is employed at Boeuf & Berger Mutual Insurance Company and is involved in helping with the Franklin County Honor Flight barbeque, stated, “This year alone, Honor Flight group is sending between 210-215 veterans. Our hope is to be able to give back as much as possible from the proceeds of this event. We will match the proceeds. Travel cost for each flight ranges from $18,000 to $20,000.”
The veterans leave for their Honor Flight trip on Saturday, September 23rd. In addition to this trip, the Franklin County Honor Flight also has more flights scheduled.
Terry Sullentrup, President of the Franklin County Honor Flight, stated, “We have an additional two trips scheduled for next month and they will be on Saturday, the 21st and 28th of October. The October 28th trip will be our 10th Anniversary Trip. We took our first trip on November 3rd, 2007, with seven WWII veterans and three founding members (Jim Tayon, Larry Davis, and Dave Hall-- all of Union, MO).”
There are many reasons why Honor Flight is held free of charge for the veterans who have served our country. JoAnn Kuschel said, “Freedom isn’t free, many have given their all and we want to make a dream come true for more veterans to see the memorials in Washington D.C.”
JoAnn Kuschel also said, “Going to Washington to see how they are honored helps to give closure to veterans’ trauma. After World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War, our veterans weren’t treated well. They deserved better. Hopefully seeing the beautiful memorials to them will take away the painful memories.”
The barbeque will be held on September 29th at 10 A.M. at Save-A-Lot’s parking lot. All proceeds will go to paying for the airfare fees to fly to Washington D.C.