Oathkeepers, Mad Ants raising money for Honor Flight

The Mad Ants playoffs game is set to be on March 27, 30, or 31. Anyone can attend, but servicemen and women are encouraged to go and show support.

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2018 12:38 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- You may remember the group of men who have stood outside of some Fort Wayne high schools following the Florida shooting. They're called Oathkeepers, and while some people have said they're an extremist group, they say they're on a mission.

"An Oathkeeper is anyone that gave an oath, your police, firefighters, sheriff, everybody...[even the] military," said Mark Cowan.

Their goal now is to fund an honor flight, this time with the help of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

"Out of that 10 dollars for that ticket, they're going to give honor flight five dollars of it, and so that's unprecedented to give that much away," Cowan said.

All of the men in the group have served in some way. They said don't thank them, thank the ones who didn't come home.

"There's over 58,000 Vietnam veterans that have not returned home. Some of them have never been found," said Steve Shannon.

They need to raise $77,000 to send a full flight to Washington D.C.  Some Oathkeepers have been on an honor flight. They said it was life-changing.

"There are hundreds and thousands of people that have been out to welcome them home and send them off, and thousands that have been on a flight," Cowan said.

During half time at the Mad Ants playoffs, they'll also honor a fallen officer from Boone County. They want to remind everyone they have your back.

James Urban, another Oathkeeper, said they honor fallen heroes, and are doing the fundraiser because the men and women are like them.

"They served, and they've done a hell of a job doing it," he said.

The game is set to be on March 27, 30, or 31. Anyone can attend, but servicemen and women are encouraged to go and show support. If the Mad Ants don't make the playoffs, you'll be refunded your money. Tickets can be purchased here.

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