Places named Arenzville, Auburn, Bloomington, Blue Mound, Bluffs,
Canton, Carlinville, Carrollton, Caseyville, Chandlerville, Chatham,
Clinton, Danville, Decatur, Deland, Glen Carbon, Godrey, Granite
City, Green Valley, Greenup, Hardin, Havana, Jacksonville,
Jonesboro, Lincoln, Mahomet, Marissa, Mattoon, Morrisonville, Mt
Olive, Murrayville, Neoga, Normal, Pana, Pekin, Pesotum, Petersburg,
Pittsfield, Rantoul, Roanoke, Rockridge, Simpson, Springfield,
Stonington, Sullivan, Virginia, Waverly, White Hall and Winchester.
But prior to dawn on Tuesday, August 16th, they will all gather,
along with their Guardian escorts, at the Springfield airport in
preparation for their “One More Tour With Honor” to Washington, DC.
Traveling on a chartered 737 jetliner to our nation’s capital, they
will spend the day visiting their Memorials in appreciation to the
service & sacrifice given to our country. This day long trip is
provided completely free of charge to the Veterans by Land of
Lincoln Honor Flight due to the generous donations, sponsorships,
fund raising and efforts of many individuals, businesses and
From the National World War II to the Korean to the Vietnam Veterans
Memorials, they will have time to reflect and share experiences with
their comrades and Guardians. During the day they will also have a
chance to visit the Air Force, the Marine, and the Lincoln
Memorials, as well as the National Air & Space Museum in Chantilly,
Virginia. They will also have views of the White House, the
Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Pentagon and other
sites before their last stop at Arlington National Cemetery to
witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown
The group will then return to the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
around 9:30 PM, where family, friends, neighbors, co-workers,
strangers, etc. are all encouraged to come to the airport early to
“Welcome Home” all the Veterans.
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All participants are encouraged to show their patriotic spirit with balloons,
posters, small flags, red-white-blue clothing, etc. Come out and share a hug,
kiss or a “thank you” to those who have protected your freedoms. In fact the
Honor Flight Network motto states “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to
stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”
Veteran applications continue to be accepted, with priority given in the
following order: World War II (person enlisted by 12/31/1946), then Korean War
Era (01/01/1947 to 12/31/1957), followed by the Vietnam War Era (01/01/1958 to
05/07/1975). Any certified terminally ill Veteran should contact LLHF directly.
Although the remaining September 13th and October 25th flights are now filled,
flights will resume in 2017.
Veteran or Guardian Applications may be obtained at
www.LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or contact John Dust at HonorFlightGuy@aol.com
or phone 309-339-0227 if help is needed. LLHF, ran by a non-paid board and
volunteers, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that receives no government
funding or grants. Please follow LLHF on their Facebook page to stay current on
upcoming events and flights.
[John Dust, Land of Lincoln Honor