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Nov 12, 2012 3:45 PM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News

Missoula bagel shop helping WWII veterans

MISSOULA - Bagels weren't standard fare when our troops were fighting on the battlefields of World War II.

But on Monday in Missoula, bagels were flying off the shelves at one business to help the aging veterans wing their way to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The folks at Bagels on Broadway like to do something different each year to help Montana soldiers. Owner Sue Thompson and her staff decided to target their efforts on the Big Sky Honor Flight program after seeing news coverage in recent weeks about the group.

"I've always had great respect for the veterans of our country and I always like to do something, particularly for Montana veterans. And I saw the story line and thought it would be a great way to honor our World War II vets from Montana," Thompson explained.

She added that her employees were ready to help out. "They were all on board. Which is just great to see the younger folks really supporting our veterans also."

The staff went all out, donating 100% of the proceeds from Monday's sales to the Big Sky Honor Flight program. That meant every bagel, every latte and every sandwich was sold to help the veterans.

Thompson says since it costs upwards of $150,000 for each charter flight, every dollar helps out. And if you missed out buying a bagel Monday, a donation box and Big Sky Honor Flight items are still available.

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