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Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF), serving central and mid-southern Illinois, will take their next Honor Flight on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, departing from Springfields Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. On board LLHF Mission #51 to Washington, DC will be 1 World War II, 19 Korean War and 65 Vietnam War Era Veterans - all excited to visit and reflect with their comrades at their national memorials. These veterans represent all branches of military service: 9 Air Force, 49 Army, 8 Marine and 18 Navy and 1 Coast Guard.

 Eighty- five Veterans and their Guardians will arrive at the airport that morning at 4:15am, having traveled from the 40 Illinois cities and communities of Bethalto, Brighton, Bulpitt, Champaign, Chatham, Chesterfield, Clinton, Coulterville, Danville, Decatur, Dwight, Effingham, Fairbury, Franklin, Girard, Godfrey, Greenfield, Havana, Hillview, Jacksonville, Kampsville, Kincaid, Lincoln, Macon, Mattoon, Mt. Zion, New Berlin, Normal, Oakwood, Onarga, Palmyra, Perry, Philo, Roodhouse, Shelbyville, Springfield, Taylorville, Tilden, White Hall and Winchester, as well as,Frohna, MO.

 Our veterans will board three luxury motor coaches upon arrival at Ronald Reagan National Airport in DC. Their most important stops will be at the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Other stops include the Lincoln Memorial, the National Air & Space Museum (Chantilly, Virginia) and the US Air Force Memorial.  This day of honor is provided at absolutely no cost to our Veterans.  They have paid enough; it is our turn to pay them back.

 The return to Springfield airport is planned at 9:30pm and the general public, along with friends and family, are encouraged to pack the port to Welcome Home these heroes. Come early.  All are encouraged to wear red-white-blue patriotic colors, bring balloons, posters, etc. to show appreciation and support to these Veterans who served and sacrificed so much for our country. Words of thanks, handshakes, hugs and kisses are also allowed!

 Veteran applications continue to be accepted with flight priority given in the following order:  World War II (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. Veteran or Guardian Applications may be obtained at by clicking on Applications tab.