Posted: Jun 3, 2013 9:02 AM by MTN News
BILLINGS - Sunday proved to be a significant day for the Big Sky Honor Flight, as various organizations came together to complete funding for Honor Flight V, that is scheduled for departure later this month.
The Big Sky Honor Flight board accepted $42,772 from local schools, banks and other organizations to completely cover the $30,000 that was left to meet full funding before the June 16 flight.
Stockman Bank and West High School's P.E. classes made up more than half of that money. Stockman's 27 branches worked together with area schools to raise $13,500 for the Honor Flight program, while West High School's P.E. classes used a charity walk to raise $11,372 to help send 85 of Montana's World War II veterans on a cost free trip to their national memorial at the National Mall.
Altogether, more than $800,000 has been raised for the five flights. The excess from Sunday's donation has already gone to creating a base of funding for the next two flights (VI and VII) in September and October.