Rotary donates to Hero Flight for war veterans The fourth Dawson County Hero Flight leaves on September 27, with a noon lunch send-off taking 25 war veterans and 25 of their escorts to Washington DC.

Bernie Svoboda, right, presents a $2,500 cheque from the Lexington Rotary Club to Mike Schulte, left, and Max McFarland, centre, members of the Hero Flight Organising Committee, during a Rotary bi-monthly meeting at the Lexington Public Library. Photo: Kevin Zelaya
Lexington Rotary Club President Bernie Svoboda, right, presents a $2,500 cheque to Mike Schulte, left, and Max McFarland, centre, members of the Hero Flight Organising Committee, during a Rotary bi-monthly meeting at the Lexington Public Library. Photo: Kevin Zelaya

During their bi-monthly meeting, the Lexington Rotary Club (Nebraska, US — D 5630) presented a donation of $2,500 to Dawson County Hero Flight.

Bernie Svoboda, President of the Rotary Club, presented the cheque to Max McFarland and Mike Schulte, who represented the Hero Flight.

The donated funds were raised during the club’s annual golf fundraiser, held earlier this summer.

McFarland is the chairman of the Hero Flight Organising Committee, of which Schulte is a member.

McFarland is also flight commander of the trip which takes veterans and their escorts to Washington DC and Schulte is flight chief.

The fourth Dawson County Hero Flight leaves on September 27, with a noon lunch send-off planned at Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington, McFarland said.

A free will donation will be taken for the lunch. The event is open to the public.

A total of 25 veterans and 25 escorts, with support staff added in, means 56 people will participate with this month’s Hero Flight, he said.

“We want the whole community there to send them off,” McFarland said about the sendoff event.

After the completion of the fourth Hero Flight, a total of 98 veterans will have experienced the flight, McFarland said.

The upcoming Hero Flight will be an all Vietnam veteran flight because the lone Korean War veteran had to bow out of the trip due to health reasons, Schulte said.

McFarland said donations and veteran applications for the Hero Flight are still being accepted.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad, Svoboda said.

“What better way to strengthen a community and of promoting peace than stepping forward in a display of gratitude to those who have stepped forward to preserve our freedom in America and to protect those suffering atrocities around the globe,” Svoboda said.

Source: Lexington Clipper-Herald

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