Appleton International Airport Hosts Old Glory Honor Flight Fundraiser Event

APPLETON Wis. (WBAY) — After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Appleton International Airport once again hosted the “Pulling for Honor” fundraiser on Saturday.

“Pulling for Honor” is a fundraising event that raises funds for future Old Glory Honor Flights.

“We are delighted to once again host the Pulling for Honor event at the airport,” said Abe Weber, Airport Manager. “This event is an exciting combination of competition and family fun that allows all of us at the airport to combine our passion for aviation with our respect for local veterans.”

Twenty-five teams, who each had to raise at least $1,500 to participate, attempted to pull a 200,000-pound, 12-foot jet as quickly as possible. Green Bay Rugby Club won on Saturday with a time of 11.285 seconds.

“We are humbled and very pleased with the number of entries this year,” said Diane MacDonald, executive director of the Northeastern Wisconsin Old Glory Honor Flight. “Events like this show how much our community celebrates and recognizes the sacrifices veterans and their families have made for our freedoms.”

The event included food trucks, a children’s plane departure, and important resources for veterans and their families in our area.

A total of $132,000 was raised during Saturday’s event. That’s enough to fully fund an Old Glory honor flight to Washington DC for veterans to visit the war memorials erected in their honor.

Joseph K. Bennett