Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Honor Flight to fly area veterans to D.C. April 21

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[March 30, 2010]  The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight says that thanks to individuals, organizations and businesses for their generous donations and efforts, it has been made possible for 104 World War II veterans and 56 guardians to fly on a charter flight April 21 from Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and other memorials.

HardwareBecause of an anonymous donation, Mark McDonald and a WSEC cameraman will be on this Honor Flight to obtain video footage to create an "Illinois Stories" program to be aired at a later date.

A "welcome home" ceremony will take place at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport when the plane returns at 9:25 p.m.

Veterans on this flight will come from the towns of Alton, Argenta, Astoria, Athens, Auburn, Beardstown, Bloomington, Brighton, Bunker Hill, Chatham, Clinton, Dawson, Decatur, East Peoria, Farmersville, Forsyth, Gillespie, Girard, Godfrey, Golden, Hartsburg, Hillsboro, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Litchfield, Maroa, Middletown, Morton, Mount Pulaski, Naples, New Holland, Nokomis, Normal, Oreana, Pekin, Peoria, Petersburg, Pleasant Plains, Quincy, Raymond, Rochester, South Jacksonville, Sherman, Shipman, Springfield, Taylorville, Tremont, Virden, Weldon and Witt.

The breakdown by area is as follows: Springfield area, 53; Jacksonville area, 3; Litchfield area, 8; Bloomington area, 5; Peoria area, 9; Beardstown-Havana area, 3; Alton area, 6; Lincoln area, 7; Decatur area, 8; and Quincy area, 2.

A second flight, which will take 35 veterans, has been scheduled to depart from St. Louis on May 26, using free tickets donated by Southwest Airlines.

Names of veterans continue to be added to the waiting list, which currently numbers 358 veterans. The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight board welcomes the chance to speak to organizations, businesses, churches, conventions or other groups about their mission, future flights, guardian duties, fundraising and donations.

For more information about the flights, how individuals and groups can help the mission, obtain applications, become members and learn more about Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, go to www.landoflincolnhonorflight.org or contact Ray Wiedle: home, 314-427-2317; cell, 217-622-1473; or e-mail, arwiedle@sbcglobal.net

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