Local veteran on Tuesday Land of Lincoln Honor Flight

Posted 9/23/19

Local veteran on Tuesday Land of Lincoln Honor Flight

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Local veteran on Tuesday Land of Lincoln Honor Flight

CLINTON — Clinton residents Gerald Komnick, Virgil Varvel and Maroa resident David Miller will participate in the September 24 Land of Lincoln Honor Flight along with 85 other local veterans.
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), the U.S. Air Force Memorial, the U.S. Navy Plaza and the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima).

This day of honor is provided at absolutely no cost to our veterans.  Their return to Springfield’s airport is planned September 24 at 9:30 p.m.,  and the general public, along with friends and family, are encouraged to “pack the port” to welcome home these local 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.

They will also receive a police escort from Springfield to Clinton, with the Illinois State Police, Sangamon County Sheriffs Department, Logan County Sheriff Department, Dewitt County Sheriffs Office, Clinton Police Department, Kenney, Wapella, Clinton fire departments and DeWit County EMS participating in the escort. 

The Clinton AmVets and American Legion will place approximately 500 flags along the parade route from the Clinton High School to the Dollar Tree in Clinton, and the AmVets and American Legion will also host a welcome home ceremony for the veterans at approximately 11 p.m. on September 24 at the Dollar Tree parking lot in Clinton.

For more information on the welcome home ceremony, or how to sign a veteran up for the Honor Flight, contact Jeff Morlock at 217-853-2530.

If you're available, come out to support our local veteran so he receives the welcome home he deserves. Lets make these veterans proud to be a part of Dewitt County!