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Title: North Dakota Rough Rider Honor Flight. Bismarck Chapter

Date: 2009-2011

Collection Number: 11089

Quantity: 1 foot

Abstract: Includes photographs, biographies, memorabilia, dvds, posters, pamphlets, and brochures from the program that provided the opportunity for the all interested World War II veterans from central and western North Dakota to travel to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. Five flights took the trip to Washington, D.C. between May 2009 and May 2011.

Provenance:
The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the collection from Doug Prchal, member of the Rough Rider Honor Flight Committee, in May 2011.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Transfer: A baseball cap, t-shirt and jacket were transferred to the Museum Division.

Organizational Sketch

Honor Flight was conceived in 2004 by Earl Morse, a physician assistant and retired Air Force Captain as a way to honor veterans who were his patients for 27 years. The inaugural Honor Flight took place in May 2005 flying veterans from Springfield, Ohio. In August 2005 an ever-expanding waiting list of veterans led a transition to use of commercial carriers to accommodate as many veterans as possible. Partnering with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North Carolina, the “Honor Flight Network” was formed.
The World War II Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 2004, unfortunately after the majority of those it honors were already gone.

When it began the Roughrider Honor Flight based in Bismarck was the only Honor Flight Program in North Dakota, although chapters later formed in Grand Forks and Fargo.  Veterans were flown to Washington, D.C. on a first come first served basis. It was an all volunteer organization coordinating fundraising activities to cover the approximately $160,000 cost per flight.

Five flights in all traveled to Washington D.C. from 2009 to 2011.

Box/Folder Inventory

Box 1:
WWII Memorial: "Jewel of the Mall," photography by Stephen R. Brown, introduction 2005 by Senator Robert Dole   (3)
This Man's Navy: From Prairie Fields to battleship Quarters, by Melvin Beckstrand with Susanne Retka Schill 2005
dvds for honor flights 1, 2, 3, and 5 including photographs and news coverage          2009-2011
Operations Guide Book n.d.

Box 2:
1 Banquet Programs 2009-2011
2 Biographies Rough Rider Honor Flight, Sept. 18-19, 2009
3 Biographies Rough Rider Honor Flight, Sept. 10-11, 2010
4 Biographies Rough Rider Honor Flight, May 6-7, 2011
5 Brochures 2009-2011
6 Bus Captain’s Manual n.d.
7 D.C. Maps
8 Golf Scramble 2010
9 Newspaper Clippings 2009-2011
10 Pancake Breakfasts n.d.
11 Post Cards n.d.
12 Rough Rider Honor Flight poster promotional flyers n.d.
13 Saxvik Elementary School 2nd grade art work n.d.                                             
14 Stickers n.d.                                                                                                      
15 Thank you cards and letters 2009-2011, n.d.
16 V-Mail from School Children to Honor Flight Participants 2011, n.d.

Oversize materials:
panoramic photographs of Rough Rider Honor Flight participants in front of the WWII Memorial, Wash., D.C. May 8-9, 2009          
panoramic photographs of Rough Rider Honor Flight participants in front of the WWII Memorial, Wash., D.C. September 18-19, 2009
panoramic photographs of Rough Rider Honor Flight participants in front of the WWII Memorial, Wash., D.C. April 16-17, 2010    
panoramic photographs of Rough Rider Honor Flight participants in front of the WWII Memorial, Wash., D.C. September 10-11, 2010
panoramic photographs of Rough Rider Honor Flight participants in front of the WWII Memorial, Wash., D.C.           May 6-7, 2011
poster of Scott Nelson's painting honoring WWII veterans, signed by Nelson (3) n.d.
poster Rough Rider Flight signed by participants (2) May 2009
Thanking our WWII Veterans – magnetic signs                                                       

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