By Sterling McGinn
In October of 2020, the American Legion Post #74 held a special barbeque chicken dinner to contribute funds to the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight.
Through the proceeds of the meal, and individual donations, a total of $3,000 was donated to the cause.
The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight honors WWII, Korea and Vietnam Veterans with a day trip to Washington, D.C. via a commercial flight out of Escanaba. The veterans visit the memorials, and are escorted by buses throughout Washington, D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery.
The fundraiser dinner was the idea of Legion member Harold Dishaw, who went on the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight in May of 2017. “I wanted to do something for the post and contribute to the honor flight, and I thought a dinner would generate more,” said Dishaw.
He purchased the food and all necessary components to make the meal possible. “I encourage all eligible veterans to go on the honor flight,” declared Dishaw. “Even if you have seen the monuments and memorials, it is nothing like being on the flight.”
“We will definitely have another honor flight dinner,” stated Legion commander Joe Bennett. “It is a very worthy cause, and it is for sure something the Legion will support.”