KENNEY — U.S. Air Force veteran Wes Anderson, from Kenney, will travel on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight on Tuesday, Oct, 17, departing from the Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport for a special day in Washington, D.C.
The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) will honor 81 senior veterans by flying them on a no expense, day-long journey to Washington, D.C. aboard a charter 737 aircraft. There will be three veterans from World War II, 31 from the Korean War era and 47 Vietnam War era, including veterans fromthe U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Merchant Marine branches of the military represented.
Once landed at Reagan National Airport, in Washington, they will travel on three luxury tour buses, designated in Red, White and Blue for the day, with the first three stops at the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, so they can view and reflect on their service.
The itinerary also will include visiting or seeing the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National Air & Space Museum, Air Force and Marine Corps Memorials, the Pentagon and will conclude at Arlington National Cemetery. Everyone on the trip will have the opportunity to view the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and witness the Changing of the Guard.
On this second LLHF flight of the 2017 flying season, accompanying the veterans will be 75 guardian escorts and four Land of Lincoln Honor Flight board members. Anderson will fly with his daughter Susan Muñoz as his guardian.
The flight will return to Springfield around 9 p.m., and family, friends and the general public are invited and encouraged to show their appreciation to the veterans by welcoming them home at the airport.
Those attending are encouraged to dress in patriotic in red, white and blue colors, bring balloons or posters and show their appreciation to the vets on this trip.
Anderson also will be given a heroe’s welcome back at his hometown of Kenney, with a short ceremony at the Kenney Fire Department at approximately 10:30 p.m. on the night of the flight.
Anyone wishing to get more information or sign up for a Honor Flight can contact Jeff Morlock at (217) 853-2530.