Honor Flight, the national program whose mission is to transport – free of charge – military veterans of World War II to Washington, D.C., to view their World War II Memorial and other appropriate commemorative sites announces the start of a local chapter (commonly referred to as a “hub”) in the Tri States region named Great River Honor Flight.
Of all the wars in recent memory, it was WWII that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and a free society. Now, with more than 1,000 WWII veterans dying each day, it's more than time to express our thanks to these brave men and women as they near the end of their journey. Honor Flight does this in the most safe, effective, efficient and timely manner while at the same time showing them the highest degree of honor, respect and gratitude they so richly deserve.
Great River Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely for this purpose. Our goal will be to transport our heroes to Washington, D.C., so they may visit and reflect on their memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans – WWII survivors, along with veterans who may be terminally ill. It is funded entirely by contributions. All donations to our federal, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization are tax deductible.
Veterans are selected by filling in an application that is available at www.honorflight.org or in the local chapter's website, www.wgem.com/honorflight. It costs around $300 per veteran for an Honor Flight -that includes flight, bus transportation to the airport in St. Louis and in Washington, food, etc. That cost is for somewhere around 35 veterans and about 20 Guardians that would accompany them. The Guardians are volunteers and pay their own way.
The trip is a one day – long day – excursion, but the comments are that the veterans are so pumped up, they have more than enough energy to see it thru. The itinerary will include approximately a 6 hour stay in Washington during which time the veterans will visit the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), Iwo Jima Memorial, Lincoln, Korean and Vietnam Memorials (as time permits). The trip is done in one day in order to minimize any logistical problems and provide this unique experience for our veterans.
If you are interested in donating towards Honor Flight, you can send a check to one of the two addresses below:
Great River Honor Flight
Quincy, Illinois 62301
Great River Honor Flight
Quincy, Illinois 62306
Honor Flight's initial Board of Directors consists of:
- Carlos Fernandez, Chairman
- Neil Maune, Vice-Chairman
- Judge David Mobley, Secretary
- Diane Weber, Treasurer
- Kenneth Treaster
- Marty Stegeman
- Alan Steigelman
- Dr. Thomas Klincar
- Rick Gengenbacher
- Roy Paterik
- Dr. Ray Staats
- Susan Till
- Matt Courtney
- Jim Mentesti
- Ray Boone
For more information, please contact Carlos Fernandez at 217-228-6600.