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Aug 22, 2013 9:33 AM by MTN News - Billings

Big Sky Honor Flight banquet to honor veterans

BILLINGS - An award-winning war correspondent, Mike Boettcher, from ABC News will be the featured guest at a special banquet in September that will raise funds for Big Sky Honor Flight and pay tribute to veterans of all wars.

"A Night to Salute Service and Sacrifice" is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20 at the Northern Hotel in Billings and will raise much-needed funds for a statewide effort to send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial.

The event begins at 5:45 p.m. with a social hour and will include a dinner and live auction. Corporate table sponsorships are available and single tickets can be purchased for $100 with, all donations and funds benefiting the October flight.

"By making it a night to salute service and sacrifice not only of the World War II veterans but really of all of our military members, that it will attract more people," said Becky Hillier, Big Sky Honor Flight board member.

"Because this is a fundraiser for big sky honor flight. It benefits the world war two veterans, but we're incredibly appreciative and have so much respect for all of our military service members," she added.

Safari Club International has also donated $5,000 towards the October flight but another $57,000 is needed to have the flight fully funded.

The deadline for veteran applications is Sept. 3, as there is a substantial waiting list of World War II veterans waiting to go on a flight. The organization wants to make sure as many veterans who want to take part in the program have applied.

"From the Montana chapter of the Safari Club, I want to thank you with all my heart," Brian Cebull, president of the club, said to World War II veterans. "Appreciate that because we wouldn't be here today. We wouldn't be able to have Safari Club. Wouldn't have all the freedoms that we have without them and the contributions of the greatest generation. Because of that, our board voted unanimously to make a donation to the Big Sky Honor Flight.

Cebull put out a challenge to Safari Club International chapters across Montana to also donate to Big Sky Honor Flight.

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