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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 26, 2010

Emmet County residents will have the rare opportunity this Thursday to help at least two area veterans take an honor flight to Washington, D.C., plus have a great meal for only $4.

Riverside Sinclair, as part of its customer appreciation day, is holding the fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday to help raise money to send local veterans on the honor flight to Washington, D.C. For a $4 donation, customers will get a burger, chips and drink.

The Emmet County Cattlemen’s Association is cooking up the burgers, and Bob Houseman of Riverside Sinclair is donating plus matching all proceeds to the honor flight.

Riverside is also discounting gas 10 cents a gallon.

Larry Sundall, Emmet County veterans service officer, said so many area veterans have expressed interest in the flight that another $6,000 needs to be raised. The honor flight is for all World War II veterans or Korean or Vietnam veterans who are terminally ill.

The flight leaves for Washington, D.C. and returns the same day. Veterans will tour the World War II memorial and other shrines to the nation’s veterans in Washington.

This is a wonderful expression of patriotism by Riverside Sinclair, plus a great community service.

Please do your part and turn out for this great event. What the heck, everybody needs to eat anyway. You may as well stop by and get a great deal on lunch plus a dime a gallon off your gas.

You’ll also be able to go home Thursday night to a good night’s rest, knowing you helped send a veteran on a well-deserved pilgrimmage to our nation’s capitol.