The Mat-Su Seahawks handed more than post-season awards Saturday at Wasilla's Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center.

Seahawks commissioner Tracy Bayle presented $2,000 to the Last Frontier Honor Flight. Players, coaches and parents from his pop warner football program raised the money throughout the season to help those who served the nation.

"It's an amazing thing what our youth have been doing for us, especially out here in the Valley," said Last Frontier Honor Flight President Randy Kimpton.

Last Frontier Honor Flight President Randy Kimpton with players from the Mat-Su Seahawks who donated $2,000 to help fly veterans to Washington, D.C. to see war memorials. (Dave Leval / KTVA)

Honor Flight takes veterans to the nation's capital for free in April and October. Veterans get to visit monuments that honor their service.

"With everything that's been going on in the nation, and the divide we've had, and kind of the black eye that maybe a number of NFL players have given towards our nation, our soldiers, our flag, we felt it was important to teach our kids a little more than just football and good grades," Bayle said.

Mat-Su Seahawks player Dillon Kester and his teammates did their part to help more veterans go see them.

"People deserve to go see their stuff after they serve our country," Dillon said.

The Last Frontier Honor Flight flies 23 veterans and a traveling companion on each trip. It costs around $3,000 to fly each veteran to Washington, D.C. 

"We cover everything — food, hotel, busing, transportation," Kimpton said.

So far, Kimpton says the over 300 veterans in Alaska have gone to see their memorials.

 

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