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WWII veterans George Kinnett and Bob Cantrell

WWII veterans George Kinnett, left, and Bob Cantrell drove a 1925 Model T Ford Runabout in Burn the Point in Billings on Friday, August 31, 2012.

A fundraiser held during Burn the Point Parade generated $10,000 for Big Sky Honor Flight and its commitment to send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.

Ronn Duty and Don Brocopp, two of the leaders of the Burn the Point Committee, on Wednesday presented the check to Big Sky Honor Flight committee members.

About a dozen WWII veterans, some of them wearing their former service uniforms, rode in the parade of classic cars on Aug. 31 in downtown Billings. Many of those veterans traveled to Washington in June as part of the inaugural Big Sky Honor Flight trip. The second group of Montana WWII veterans will make their trip to the nation’s capital on Sept. 23-24.

Also on Wednesday, Al Kersich, the Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club in Billings, presented Big Sky Honor Flight leaders with a $1,000 donation. Kersich, whose deceased brother was a WWII veteran, said it was important for his club to help with fund raising. He also challenged other similar clubs and civic organizations to match the donation.

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