Gold Star Mothers preparing for year’s first Honor Flight

Honor Flight fundraiser interview

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Local veterans will see the nation’s capital this May during the year’s first Honor Flight, and the Gold Star Mothers of Lafayette are partnering with Monticello’s Oakdale Dam Inn to help make it happen.

Honor Flights are flights in which veterans go to and from Washington, D.C. to see national war monuments in the span of less than 24 hours.

On Saturday, April 12, the Oakdale Dam Inn at 11899 W. Oakdale Drive in Monticello will hold a Tip a Soldier night from 4 to 9 p.m. Owner Lesley Ainley said the restaurant will match all money raised that night.

“We have an absolute blast on Tip a Solder night. The soldiers will be in there, and they’ll be delivering food to the tables. They’ll be bussing tables and educating our customers on what the Honor Flight is,” said Ainley.

GSM’s Pam Mow said it costs $500 to send one veteran on the flight, and Tip a Soldier fundraisers can usually raise enough money for about three to four veterans.

Mow added that Honor Flights are a special experience for the veterans. “It’s just a great way for them at this point in their journey in life to have such a great day. Many of them go with a relative or are paired with a volunteer. It’s just a great day of honor for them. I can’t tell you – you have to see the smiles on their faces at the end of the day.”

This year’s first flight is Monday, May 5. The flight will leave the Purdue Airport at about 7:30 a.m. and return about 8 p.m. The community is invited to both send the veterans off and welcome them back. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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