Custer Co. Veterans Prepare for Hero Flight, Public Invited to Sendoff

BROKEN BOW—Eight Custer County veterans are preparing to visit our nation’s capital as part of the sixth Dawson County Area Hero Flight. The public is invited to recognize our local veterans by lining the streets in Broken Bow on Wednesday morning as part of the sendoff.

Ansley and Broken Bow veterans will gather at the Veterans Memorial Building (416 S. 1st, Broken Bow, Nebraska 68822) in Broken Bow and will depart at 10:15 a.m. as they head west on Highway 2 and then south on Highway 21. According to area volunteer Shannon Cooksley, the Legion riders will escort the group to pick up Oconto veterans and then head toward Lexington.

Shannon Cooksley said honoring veterans is one of her passions. She encourages everyone to line the streets to wave American flags and display signs that thank those who have sacrificed and served our country.

As previously printed in the Custer County Chief, Custer County veterans who will be participating in the 2019 Hero Flight are Chuck Bowen, Oconto; Ted Boysen, Oconto; Dennis Cramer, Broken Bow; Gary Deaver, Ansley; Leonard McKenney, Broken Bow; Vernon Oatman, Broken Bow; Ted Stottlemire, Broken Bow; and Kenn Wagner, Oconto.

Also on Wednesday, a Hero Flight Send Off Luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. in Lexington as 25 Dawson County area veterans and their escorts prepare for the Hero Flight. The mission of the Dawson County Hero Flight is “to honor our veterans by flying them to Washington D.C. and enabling them to visit THEIR memorials.”

The public is invited to attend the free luncheon at the Heartland Military Museum in Lexington (606 Heartland Rd, Lexington, NE 68850) and recognize veterans and their service to our country. Free will offering will be taken.