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Great River Honor Flight Board makes presentation to WWII veteran

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Representatives of the Great River Honor Flight Board made a special presentation Thursday to WWII veteran Bill Willett at the Illinois Veterans Home.

Willett is a Navy veteran who had been scheduled to go on the October 2019 mission but was unable to.

He was then rescheduled to go on the first flight of this year in April, but that was canceled due to the Illinois Stay At Home order and the fact that all DC memorials were closed to the public.

To let him know he was not forgotten, Mr. Willett received a special Honor Flight cap, t-shirt, and lanyard along with a photo album of the World War II Memorial in Washington.

Illinois Veterans' Home Superintendent Troy Culbertson says, "It shows the gratitude that we, as those who have not served, want to give to those who have served."

"Shows the sacrifice that they made and how we can honor those people."

Currently, there are no Great River Honor Flights scheduled for 2020 but they continue to wait for guidance to see when flights can be resumed. Over the past 10 years, 1,855 local veterans have had the Honor Flight experience free of charge thanks to support from the community.

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