ALTON — From 10 a.m. until noon on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, WBGZ 1570 AM will honor local veterans and auction pies during its annual commemoration.
The station will offer veterans’ stories, with a special salute to vets from World War II, and auction pies donated by area leaders and citizens. Proceeds will go to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, the organization that gives World War II and other vets a free flight and a daylong tour of Washington, D.C., including the National World War II Memorial.
Last year the Big Z program raised about $1,600 for the honor flights.
The pies, from Alton Mayor Brant Walker, Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick, My Just Desserts, Duke Bakeries and citizens, will go to the highest bidders during the program.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly 700 World War II vets die each day.
The program will be hosted by WBGZ radio personality Mike Montgomery, a Vietnam veteran.