Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:10 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
KALISPELL - A World War II veteran from Kalispell may be headed to Washington D.C. on a flight of honor after an outpouring of support from across the Treasure State.
Roy Dimond was recently chosen to be a part of the upcoming Big Sky Honor Flight. He was worried that he couldn't make the trip to Billings to catch the flight, but it looks like his circumstances are changing.
"I tell you, like I say, I'm overwhelmed. There's an awful lot of very fine people," Diamond said.
Dimond wasn't sure last Friday whether he would be able to get from Kalispell to Billings to meet up with the Big Sky Honor Flight, but as of Monday, it appeared to be a real possibility.
KAJ, the MTN News station in Kalispell, received over 30 emails and phone calls since Friday from people across Montana who are offering to help Roy get over to Billings for the flight.
Roy didn't need money, just a ride. He's now received dozens of offers for car rides, including from a woman in Bozeman who offered to drive from Bozeman to Kalispell, then back to Billings to help get Roy there.
Roy says he's been truly overwhelmed by how many people wanted to get him to Billings.
"I just...I never expected this, and it's...thank you everybody. Thank you so much."
Roy says he will definitely take someone up on their offer to Billings. Roy still hopes to hear from the Angel Flight Program, which would make the trip much easier, but for now, he is just thrilled that Montana is getting him on the Honor Flight.
"You know, I've got a bigger and more response...than when the ship came back to the U.S.," he said.
Dimond served in the U.S. Navy and fought in the sea battle of Iwo Jima.