ESCANABA, Mich. (WZMQ) – On Wednesday, September 13, the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight is taking veterans to Washington, D.C. to see monuments built in their honor. The community has an opportunity to support future trips to the capital, along with the possibility of receiving some unique furniture.
Artist Dave Stimac of Nature’s Way Woodworking crafted a table that features the Honor Flight logo, as well as rocks from around the world. Stimac donated the table to the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight.
The Honor Flight is selling $20 raffle tickets for a chance to win the table.
“It’s amazing,” said Scott Knauf, Upper Peninsula Honor Flight President. “The winner of that coffee table will be drawn on November 11, Veterans Day.”
Stimac also made a rocking chair, which is available to purchase for $25,000. If it sells, Stimac will donate $10,000 of that to the Honor Flight.
“It’s costing about $135,000 per flight now, and we do two flights per year,” Knauf said. “If we sell this table and the rocking chair, that’s going to be a huge boost to our program.”
The table and chair are on display at Baybank in Escanaba, where anyone interested can purchase raffle tickets. Tickets are also available in Marquette at Bald Eagle Harley Davidson, Thrivent Financial, and the Upper Peninsula State Bank. To inquire about buying the chair, visit Baybank in Escanaba or contact Knauf at (906) 280-2871.
Upper Peninsula Honor Flight Mission XXII will return to the Delta County Airport at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. The doors of the Van Rooy Hangar will open at 7:00 p.m. The community is invited to welcome the veterans home from their trip to D.C.
WZMQ 19 will have a look at the veterans’ time in Washington, D.C. on our newscasts on Thursday, September 14.