For the first time since November 4, 2019, a Kansas Honor Flight (KHF) took veterans to Washington, D.C.
KHF #80 took 32 veterans from 20 different towns across the state. Three Butler County residents were among those on the flight.
George Ketley of El Dorado, is a Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force; Irvin Affleck of Andover, is a Vietnam War veteran who served in the Air Force and Terry Stephenson of Rose Hill, is a Vietnam War veteran who served in the Navy.
The Kansas Honor Flight is an all-volunteer organization that works to honor Kansas veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War by providing them with an all expense paid journey of honor, and remembrance, to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C.
The organization also works to educate the youth and communities throughout Kansas about the impact of these historic wars and the freedoms our nation enjoys because of the service of our veterans. KHF is part of the National Honor Flight Network.
The Captain Edgar Dale American Legion Auxiliary Unit #81 held a fundraiser raffle to benefit their veteran’s programs. The prize was a beautifully crocheted afghan made and donated by Donna Church.
The lucky recipient of the afghan was Wendy Michael.
“This project was created to help raise money for the Auxiliary to give to the veterans,” said Unit #81 Member, Karen Andersen.
The members of the American Legion Auxiliary participate in a variety of fundraising efforts that allow them to serve the local veteran population and their families. These programs directly and indirectly touch the lives of all Americans.
Local programs include the Poppy Program, Troop Care Packages, Christmas Gift Shops, Girl’s State, College Scholarships and many others.
“The American Legion Auxiliary is a patriotic service organization, with more that 900,000 members world-wide,” according to the national organization.
“With the philosophy of ‘Service, not Self’ the American Legion Auxiliary develops a strong spirit of volunteerism in its members who have joined together in the fellowship of giving to others,” according to the organization.
To learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #81 and its membership opportunities, please contact the Captain Edgar Dale Post #81 at (316) 321-3767 or visit the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Kansas website at www.kslegionaux.org.
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