Central Illinois Honor Flight Announces Collaboration w/Land of Lincoln Honor Flight


Published on April 28 2014 2:09 pm
Last Updated on April 28 2014 2:09 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Since its inception in 2009, Central Illinois Honor Flight has had the privilege of transporting over 1,300 World War II veteran heroes to Washington, DC to see the memorials that commemorate the sacrifices of those brave individuals.  As the ranks of America's World War II veterans continues to shrink, so does the chance to honor those heroes--members of "The Greatest Generation". 

Organizers say teamwork is essential in order to expedite the mission of escorting every veteran who wishes to visit their memorials, so Central Illinois Honor Flight has announced a collaboration that will speed up the process of taking local veterans to see their memorials.

If you are a veteran who has been on the CHIF list to travel, your application will automatically be transferred to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Application Department.  Any veteran who would like to see their memorials in our nation's capital will still have the opportunity to do so.  Land of Lincoln Honor Flight will be the new contact for any present or future veteran who would like to travel to see their memorial.  Land of Lincoln Honor Flight has also announced that they have and are still planning on taking any veteran who would like to go to Washington, DC to see the memorials, no matter in what war they served.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to take our heroes to see their memorials and we cannot thank them enough for their service, also the community of veteran supporters that have stepped forward to contribute and make our mission possible," states Don Niehart, President of Central Illinois Honor Flight, while thinking back over the past five years.  "If not for these men and women veterans we may not be here today, and if not for the outpouring of support over the past five years, it would not have been possible to take them all to see their memorials."  In continuing with that effort, Niehart has announced that all remaining monies from CIHF will be transferred to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight so that the mission will continue to be a success and that any veteran on the CIHF list will be offered the opportunity to participate.

If you'd like to know more, Land of Lincoln Honor Flight website www.landoflincolnhonorflight.org features information about the program, a list of frequently asked questions, and an application to the program.  For more information, visit the website or call Ray Wiedle at 217-622-1473.