The rescheduled Annual Meeting of Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield Illinois will be conducted on Saturday, March 25th, commencing at 9:30 AM. It will be held at the Lakeside Christian Church hall, located at 225 Toronto Road (I-55, Exit 90 west) in Springfield, beginning at 9:30 AM. (The January meeting was canceled due to ice storm) This meeting is open to the general public, including veterans, guardian escorts, volunteers and supporters of LLHF. A recap of the 2016 flight season, which consisted of six flights, will be included, along with financial status and statistics. The spring flights of April 11th, May 23rd and June 20th have been previously announced but the fall flight schedule will be in place by the time of the meeting. As LLHF begins its ninth year of operation, there will also be additional information on upcoming plans, guardian training, fundraiser events and more, as well as updates to the current Veteran Waiting List. After the summaries and saluting of LLHF’s partners, the meeting will conclude with door prizes, raffles and light refreshments.
Veteran applications continue to be accepted, with priority given in the following order: World War II (person enlisted by 12/31/1946), then Korean War Era (01/01/1947 to 12/31/1957), followed by the Vietnam War Era (01/01/1958 to 05/07/1975). Any certified terminally ill Veteran should contact LLHF directly. Also, because every Veteran flies with a guardian escort – a volunteer who pays their own way – applications for future guardians are also currently being accepted. This may be any able-bodied person, 18-70 years old, except for Veterans who have already been honored with a flight or a spouse/significant other of a Veteran on a flight. The guardian fee includes LLHF training, cap & t-shirt, round-trip flight to Washington DC, bus tour during the day, meals & snacks, refreshments and the rare privilege of spending the day honoring our true heroes – the Veterans.
Veteran or Guardian Applications may be obtained at www.LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or by contacting John Dust at HonorFlightGuy@aol.com or phone 309-339-0227. LLHF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that receives no government funding or grants. It is only able to honor the Veterans on these flights to DC due to the generous donations, sponsorships, fundraising events, merchandise sales and supporting efforts of the many local businesses, individuals and organizations within their service area. Please visit the web site to make a donation, hold a fundraiser, book a board member speaker or obtain more information on the Honor Flight mission. Also consider following LLHF on their Facebook page to stay current on upcoming events and flights. ####