Auction to benefit Honor Flight set for March 2 in Roanoke

An auction to benefit Honor Flight Northeast Indiana will be held on Saturday, March 2, at American Legion Post 160, Roanoke.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana provides free day trips for World War II veterans to Washington, DC, to see monuments erected in their honor.

The March 2 auction of donated items will begin at 4 p.m. The band Acoustic Rush will provide a free concert after the auction. The evening will also include a raffle and games of chance. Admission is by donation.

Donations of items such as gift baskets, company sponsored merchandise, gift cards and any other items for the auction are now being accepted. Donated items can be dropped off at the American Legion Post in Roanoke. To make other arrangements, call Auction Chairman Ashley Black at 440-0713.

Monetary donations are also being accepted and can be mailed to Honor Flight Auction Benefit, in care of American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke, IN 46783.

This is the second annual Honor Flight benefit auction sponsored by American Legion Post 160. The post's Honor Flight Committee has also sponsored several other major fund-raisers for the program.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana has planned two flights to Washington, DC, in May. Each flight costs approximately $60,000.

"Time is of the essence," Black says. "It is estimated that more than 1,500 World War II veterans pass away every day. We're asking that people help us say ‘thank you' to those who served to keep our country free."

Veterans are flown to Washington, DC, directly from Fort Wayne for the day trip. Once in Washington, veterans will travel by motor coach to the World War II Memorial. They will also visit other memorials before returning to Fort Wayne later that evening.

More information about Northeast Indiana Honor flight is available online at www.hfnei.org.