Southern Illinois Honor Flight returns after 5th trip to D.C.

Honor flight returns

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS/Gray News) - The Southern Illinois Honor Flight made its fifth trip to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 14.

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The Honor Flight left around 5:30 a.m. and arrived back home around 8 p.m. A welcome home party was held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The moment 85 veterans from Southern Illinois arrived at the World War Two Memorial they were greeted by Illinois congressman Mike Bost.

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“I was in the 88th division in Italy and I was on the front lines about eight months,” said Jack Tripp, a WWII veteran.

Tripp is one of 10 WWII veterans on the trip.

“This is an important day for these veterans to have the emotion they need, see the memorials, relive if they need to and share that with family members and other veterans that are with us,” Bryan Questelle, Honor Flight of Southern Illinois said.

Park and ride services were at no cost from Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois for the Southern Illinois Honor Flight.

It was a joint effort between the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois and the Rides Mass Transit District.

Buses will depart the parking locations listed below throughout the event approximately every 15 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. according to the Rides Mass Transit District.

  • Sam’s Club
  • Cornerstone Church
  • Community of Faith Church

All of the buses are ADA accessible.

This is the fifth flight to Washington, D.C. for VHF of Southern Illinois.

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