Bismarck announced as hub for Western North Dakota Honor Flight

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Veterans in North Dakota now have more chances to visit the memorials in our nation's capital.

Bismarck has been announced as the hub for the western side of the state.

Fargo used to be the hub for honor flights out of North Dakota.

These photos are of North Dakotan veterans that took the trip in 2018.

"I'd love to go again, but at my age it probably won't happen. For the ones that haven't been on it to get the opportunity, take it. We know we won't be here forever." said Keith Cleveland, Korean War veteran.

A pilot was worried most American veterans would never get a chance to see these memorials and started the Honor Flight Network. Now hubs nationwide are helping get them there a hundred at a time.

"So excited, and so pleased. It's been a long struggle and a slow struggle, but we're here now." said Kathleen Bien, Western N.D. Honor Flight president.

Western N.D. Honor Flights has to raise a $160,000 for every flight, the goal is to raise the money by this fall. Cleveland is a Korean veteran that made the trip already.

"I'm from Korea, so we didn't get much of a welcome home. We just came home and went back to work, and that was it. This kind of covers all of those years that we weren't recognized," said Cleveland.

To donate, go to westernNDHF.org

The group says the first flight will be this fall whether they fly with a 100 vets or only 50.