Clinton residents Walter Strohl, Mark Rogers, and Kenney resident Alfred Hassebrock will be attending the Land of Lincoln Honor flight June 11 along with 85 other veterans from the local area.
Stops will include 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 include 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 return to Springfield’s airport is planned at June 11 at 9:30 PM and the general public, along with friends and family, are encouraged to “pack the port” to Welcome Home the veterans.
They will also receive a police escort from Springfield to Clinton, with the Illinois State Police, Sangamon County Sheriffs Department, Logan County Sheriff Department, Dewitt County Sheriffs Department, Clinton Police Department, Kenney, Wapella, Clinton Fire Department and the Clinton ambulance service participating in the escort.
The Clinton Amvets will be also placing approximately 500 flags along the parade route from the Clinton high school to the Dollar Tree in Clinton, and the Amvets will also be hosting a welcome home ceremony for these local veterans.
The Welcome Home Ceremony will be at approximately 11 pm at the Dollar Tree parking lot in Clinton. For more information on the ceremony or to sign up a Veteran for the Honor Flight, contact Jeff Morlock at 217-853-2530.
The Honor Flight is free for all military veterans.