Baucus to help cook and serve at fundraiser for WWII Honor Flight

2012-03-30T08:30:00Z 2012-04-02T12:13:47Z Baucus to help cook and serve at fundraiser for WWII Honor FlightBy CINDY UKEN cuken@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The Billings West End Wal-Mart will host a fundraising barbecue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to support the Big Sky Honor Flight.

Sen. Max Baucus is scheduled to help out at about 12:30 p.m.

The event will include burgers and some special guest "chefs" flipping burgers throughout the day.

Organizers are working to raise $150,000 to fund the inaugural flight that will take 100 veterans to the nation's capital.

A Montana chapter of the Honor Flight Network was activated in October to honor the state's World War II veterans. Thirty-three states now have the Honor Flight program. The purpose is to take veterans to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall free of charge on a chartered flight. Montana has the second-highest number of veterans per capita, behind Alaska.

Students have joined in the fundraising efforts.

Earlier this month, Washington Elementary School students raised $1,515 in one week. Laurel Middle Schoolers have raised more than $2,500.

Wal-Mart has been taking donations for more than a month, and the Shepherd Lion’s Club will match all donations up to $1,000. 

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