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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Veterans gearing up for Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Sept. 10

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  • The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight will honor 28 more World War II veterans and 57 more Korean veterans with a one-day trip Sept. 10 to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, National Air and Space Museum and other memorials.  
    Seventy-five guardians who are responsible for the veterans’ comfort and safety will be on this 23rd Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.  
    Donations and efforts of many individuals, organizations and businesses have allowed Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to honor these veterans.
    The public is invited to a welcome home ceremony for these veterans when the plane arrives back at the Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 10, which is the fifth flight date for 2013.
    Wear red, white and blue to show appreciation.
    Veterans on this flight come from the Illinois towns of Alton, Arenzville, Ashland, Athens,  Bloomington, Bunker Hill, Bushnell, Canton, Chatham, Clinton, Cuba, Delavan, Divernon, Eureka, Flanagan, Forsyth, Franklin, Glenwood, Godfrey, Granite City, Greenview, Gridley, Havana, Hillsboro, Hopedale, Hudson, Jerseyville, Kincaid, LeRoy, Lincoln, Mason City, Mechanicsburg, Middletown, Minier, Morton, Normal, Palmyra, Peoria, Petersburg, Rochester, San Jose, Springfield, Staunton, Stonington, Taylorville, Tremont, Wapella, Waverly, Williamsville and Winnetka.
    Veteran applications are still being accepted for the following but World War II veterans will be served first:
    • Veterans who enlisted by 12-31-1946 (WWII – 50 currently on the list)
    • Veterans who served 1-1-47 through 12-31-57  (Korean Era - 207 currently on the list)
    • Veterans who served 1-1-58 through 5-7-75  (189 currently on the list)
    The last 2013 flight will be Oct. 22 and is full.
    The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Board welcomes the chance to speak to organizations, businesses, churches, conventions or others groups about their mission, future flights, guardian duties, fundraising and donations.  
    For more information about this flight, how individuals and groups can help the mission, how to obtain applications, how to become a member and learn more about Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, go to the web site landoflincolnhonorflight.org or contact Ray Wiedle at home — (314) 427-2317; cellphone — (217) 622-1473; or email — arwiedle@sbcglobal.net.
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