Local veterans’ groups, volunteers and scouts welcome Wapella resident home from Honor Flight

Marc Rogers / Journal — Olsen and his family with the plaque signed by all the veterans, EMS, firemen and police officers attending the ceremony.

CLINTON — After the program was temporarily delayed during the COVID outbreak, the Lincoln Land Honor Flights have restarted here in Central Illinois. 

DeWitt County recently had its first Honor Flight recipient of this year, Wapella resident Lawrence “Shorty” Olsen. 

As usual, there were many people on hand, even late into the evening, to welcome Olsen home at the Cedar Square parking lot.  Flags were placed along Van Buren Street from U.S. Rt. 51 to the lot by the combined efforts of the Battle Cross Crusaders, personnel from the local veteran’s groups, some community volunteers and some young ladies from the local BSA Troop 7142. 

“Shorty” said he was overwhelmed by the day in Washington, D.C. and by the reception he received here at home in DeWitt County. 

Next month’s Land of Lincoln Honor Flight will include Charlie and Rhonda Carter, from Clinton.  The flight will take place on July 19


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