Public welcomes home Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois

Veterans return to the Heartland following honor flight
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 2:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2022 at 5:41 PM CDT
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MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - The public welcomed home the Veterans Flight of Southern Illinois.

Veterans returned to Marion from their day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 7.

The public gathered outside at the front airport entrance for Flight #8 at 5 p.m. to welcome them home.

“The community support for the previous Honor Flight Welcome Home events has been overwhelming,” Deborah Hogg, Welcome Home organizer, said in a news release. “There is no better way to celebrate our veterans and honor them by giving them a hero’s welcome home.”

The Welcome Home Ceremony began at 8 p.m. with the singing of the National Anthem.

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois is a nonprofit hub of the Honor Flight network. All expenses for the one-day trip are covered by Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois, including the flight, ground transportation, meals and beverages.

The trip was provided free of charge to the veterans.

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