Now serving central and southern Illinois, this Flight #28 will
have 80 Veterans aboard – 32 from World War II, 43 from the Korean
War era, and 5 of the Vietnam War era. On this no-cost, day long
tour to Washington, DC, to visit and reflect at their national
memorials, each Veteran will be accompanied by a volunteer Guardian
escort who pay their own way and are responsible for the comfort,
logistics, mobility and safety of their Veteran(s) for the day.
Aboard the chartered 737 aircraft will be Veterans from the US Air
Force, Army, Marines and Navy branches, as well as from the Merchant
Marines and Army Air Corps from WW II.
After landing at Ronald Reagan National Airport in DC, they will be
transported for the day on three tour buses (code name Red, White
and Blue) with an itinerary including stops at the World War II
Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, National Air & Space
Museum (Chantilly, Virginia), Air Force & Marine Corps Memorials,
Pentagon drive-by and concluding at Arlington National Cemetery,
including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and Changing of the
Guard. They will also have the opportunity to visit the Lincoln
Memorial, as well as see the Washington Monument, Jefferson
Memorial, DC World War I Memorial, and much more.
Veterans on this flight come from the Illinois cities of Altamont,
Argenta, Bonnie, Carmi, Centralia, Cerro Gordo, Charleston,
Collinsville, Danville, Decatur, DuQuoin, Edwardsville, Effingham,
Gays, Harrisburg, Havana, Highland, Hoopeston, Loami, Mattoon, Mt.
Zion, Mulkeytown, Murphysboro, Neoga, Olney, Oreana, Savoy, Scheller,
Shelbyville, Sigel, Simpson, Springfield, Stewardson, Streator,
Tallula, Teutopolis, Urbana, Walnut Hill, Warrensburg, Watseka,
Wayne City, West Salem and Yale, as well as Evansville, Indiana.
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The public is invited and encouraged to show their
appreciation for these Veterans by welcoming them home when they
return to Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on
August 26th, arriving at approximately 9:30 PM. It is suggested
to be to the airport by 8:30 and feel free to wear red, white &
blue to show your patriotic spirit or bring small American
flags, balloons, posters, etc.
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight
also announces that the flights for the balance of the year have
been confirmed for September 16th and October 28th and are now
filled. However, Veteran applications continue to be accepted for
the 2015 flight season, with priority given in the following order:
World War II ~ a soldier enlisted by 12/31/1946
Korean War Era ~ 01/01/1947 to 12/31/1957
Vietnam War Era ~ 01/01/1958 to 05/07/1975
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization,
receiving no federal, state or county funding. The donations,
sponsorships, fund raising and efforts of many individuals and
businesses have allowed LLHF to honor this flight of Veterans. For
more information on speaking to organizations, how to obtain an
application, make a donation or just learn more about the Honor
Flight mission, please visit the official web site at
LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or contact John Dust, marketing/media
director, at HonorFlightGuy@aol.com or cell 309-339-0227.
[Text received; LAND OF LINCOLN HONOR