Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield will have its annual business meeting Saturday, January 19 at Lakeside Christian Church, located at 226 Toronto Road (I-55, Exit 100 west) in Springfield. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., this meeting is open to the general public, including veterans, guardian escorts, volunteers and supporters of LLHF.
A complete recap of the 2018 flight season, which consisted of six flights will be included along with operating costs and statistics of veterans served. There will also be announcements of upcoming plans and dates for the planned six 2019 flights, upcoming events, and salutes to LLFH’s partner and donors. LLHF provides a free-one-day trip to Washington DC for veterans to visit their memorials and receive the thanks they earned and truly deserve. This trip includes round trip airfare from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport, all meals and snacks, ground transportation in luxury touring buses and a t-shirt and cap.
Every veteran travels with a guardian escort – a trained volunteer who pays their own way – who ensures the veteran’s comfort and safety and has the rare privilege of spending the day honoring true American heroes – our veterans. LLHF is currently serving veterans from World War II, Korean War era and the Vietnam War era. Veteran applications continue to be accepted with flight priority given in the following orders: 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). Medical conditions and limitations can be accommodated on flight day. However, any certified terminally ill veteran should contact LLHF directly. Guardians applications are also currently being accepted.
A guardian must be an able-bodied person, 18-70 year old, except for veterans who have already been honored with a flight or a spouse/significant other of a veteran on a flight. LLHF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that receives no government funding or grants.
It is only able to honor the veterans because of donations, sponsorships, fundraising events, merchandise sales and supporting efforts of many local corporations and businesses, individuals and organizations. Visit the website to make a donation, hold a fundraiser, book a member speaker or obtain more information on the Honor flight Mission. Also consider following LLHF on Facebook to stay current on upcoming events and flights for 2019.
Veteran and guardian applications and additional information may be obtained at www.LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or by contacting Joan Bortolon, board president, at 217-585-1219, 217 652-4719 or at JMB4604@AOL.COM.