CLINTON — Clinton resident and Vietnam veteran Quentin Hoveland traveled Tuesday on the Land of Lincoln Honor flight along with 85 other veterans from the local area.
Their most important stops included 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 included the Lincoln Memorial, the National Air & Space Museum (Chantilly, Virginia), the US Air Force Memorial, the US Navy Plaza and the US Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima).
The day of honor is provided at no cost to veterans. Hoveland also received a police escort from Springfield to Clinton, with two Illinois State Police districts, Logan County Sheriff, DeWitt County Sheriff, Clinton Police Department, Mt. Pulaski, Kenney and Clinton fire departments, and the Guardians of the Children.
The AmVets placed approximately 500 flags along the parade route from the high school to the Dollar Tree store, in Clinton, and they hosted a welcome home ceremony for Hoveland.