Ron Newsum recognized for his efforts

He’s been honored as Webster County Veteran of the Year

On Veterans Day, Americans paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our nation’s armed forces. Locally, officials also chose that day to honor a local veteran who has done much to make certain that living veterans are shown the appreciation of their fellow citizens.

Ron Newsum, of Fort Dodge, the founder of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, was honored Monday as the Webster County Veteran of the Year. He received that recognition during the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

Since 2010, the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight program has taken 2,000 veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s war memorials. Originally, the focus was on those who served in World War II. Subsequently, the program has been broadened to include veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The first Honor Flight from Fort Dodge Regional Airport was on May 1, 2010. Thirteen more flights followed and another one is scheduled for Sept. 16. The veterans fly for free on these inspiring journeys thanks to the funds raised by the local Honor Flight Committee. Newsum heads that committee.

Newsum, an Iowa Air National Guard veteran, has helped organize or support many other patriotic undertakings. For example, he started Old Glory on the River — an American flag that flies from a pole on a pier in the middle of the Des Moines River that once supported the Bennett Viaduct. His efforts help encourage patriotism in our community.

The Messenger congratulates Newsum on being chosen Webster County’s Veteran of the Year. It’s hard to imagine anyone more deserving of this honor.