Heart of Illinois veterans learn how to board honor flights

Honor flights are often emotional but endearing opportunities for veterans to visit Washington D.C. to see memorials to their service and now one organization is looking to board more McLean County veterans.

The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight stopped by the Evergreen Place nursing home in Normal to let veterans know how they can get on a flight as early as next April.

Organizers said World War II and Korean War veterans get sent to the top of waiting list and each veteran gets to take a guardian with them.

The day trip is completely free for veterans as a way to thank them for their service.

“This isn’t a charity organization, this is a payback organization. These veterans that we talked to today are responsible for the society we have today, the freedoms we have today, the way we live our lifestyle,” Veteran Coordinator for Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Steven Wheeler said.

Veterans who have been on other honor flights in the past said they loved the experience.

“I would highly recommend any veteran that is eligible to take that trip. World war ii veterans will be taken care of,” World War II veteran Charles Hicklin said.

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