Jan. 9, 2013

Honor Flight thanks area

  The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Board of Directors would like to thank the individuals, businesses and organizations that helped make it possible to fly four hundred twenty-three (423) WWII and Korean veterans to Washington, D.C. in 2012 to see their memorials. Monetary and in-kind donations, volunteered time, media coverage, and the service provided by guardians made these flights possible.   

All members and the general public are invited to the LLHF Annual Meeting that will be held on January 19, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Christian Church at 225 Toronto Road in Springfield, Illinois 62711. The guest speaker will be Earl Morse, founder and former president of Honor Flight Network.  Mr. Morse, a retired Air Force Captain, will tell the story of how he began the Honor flight program back in 2004 when he was a physician assistant at a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Springfield, Ohio.  Music will be provided by the PORTA Jazz Choir.  Colors will be presented by the Italian Americans.  The board of directors, a financial report, a synopsis of the 2012 flights and a proposed schedule for 2013 will be presented.  The raffle drawing for the handmade “Salute to Our Flag” quilt and other items will take place.  Fundraising items (quilt raffle tickets, pins, shirts), applications, membership information and displays will be available.  

Veteran applications are still being accepted for the following but WWII veterans will be served first:

- Veterans who enlisted by 12-31-1946 (WWII – 72 currently on the list)  

- Veterans who served 1-1-47 through 12-31-57  (Korean Era - 335 currently on the list)

- Veterans who served 1-1-58 through 5-7-75  (102 currently on the list)

Any such veteran who has not submitted an application may contact Ray Wiedle for an application or may go to www.landoflincolnhonorflight.org.

If you have any questions, need an application or wish to obtain a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight membership (2013 Annual $10; Lifetime $50; Honorary WWII Veteran membership – no charge), please visit the web site or call Ray Wiedle, chairman, at 217-622-1473 or 314-427-2317.

Ray Wiedle
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight