Honor Flight returns to Bishop Hill Sunday, June 12th, 3-7 p.m. with the community raising funds to send area veterans to Washington, D.C. Fortunate veterans who are chosen will visit memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices.
In the last five years, the community has raised more than $70,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network. Area veterans will be provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Representatives from the Honor Flight organization will be there to answer questions and to accept applications.
The schedule begins with the Barbecue Rib dinner at 3 p.m. in the village park. Also, at 3 p.m., motorcycle riders can join up with the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders at the Galva American Legion and help them escort the flag to Bishop Hill. At 3:30 pm, the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders and other motorcyclists will arrive; at 4 pm, there will be an Invocation and then the Presentation of Colors by area VFW and American Legion groups. There will be several speakers, including Representative Donald L. Moffitt from the 74th District and an Honor Flight representative. Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music. Local Bishop Hill story teller Brian “Fox” Ellis will also perform. Live auction provided by Stenzel Auction Service. Auction items include an official Chicago Cubs umbrella, toy tractors from local dealers, gift baskets as well as locally made quilts, pottery, pies, and other items. There will be a military retreat at 1800 hours exactly (6 pm) with a 21-gun salute and taps. Golf cart shuttle services, provided by Cambridge Cart, are provided from the edge of the park. For more information, call 927-3355.
The Honor Flight Benefit will feature a Barbcue Rib dinner with potato salad and all the fixins prepared by the Filling Station Restaurant and the Bishop Hill Community Club. Serving will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held in the village park. Seating is available but be sure to bring lawn chairs.
Planned activities also include a live auction. Auction items still are needed! Call Linda Spring at (309) 927-3355.
The benefit is being organized by the Filling Station Restaurant. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. If anyone wishes to make a donation, volunteer, or need more information call the above number.