The Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill Sunday, June 9th, 3-6 p.m. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. The Filling Station Restaurant is organizing this benefit.  If anyone wishes to volunteer or need more information about this benefit, please call the Filling Station at 309 927-3355. 

In the last nine years, the community has raised more than $100,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network.  Area veterans will be provided with a free trip to Washington, D.C.  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 in Bishop Hill to answer questions and to accept applications.     

The Honor Flight Benefit begins in the village park at 3 p.m. with a Barbecue Rib dinner with potato salad and all the fixins, prepared by the Filling Station Restaurant and the Bishop Hill Community Club.  In addition, 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. 

After the Presentation of Colors, there will be a short program honoring our veterans.  The program MC’s are State Representative Dan Swanson from the 74th District and Jana Stenzel of Stenzel Auction Services.  Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music.  There will be several speakers, including Representative Swanson.  Seating is available but be sure to bring lawn chairs.

Following the program, there will be a live auction provided by Stenzel Auction Service.  Auction items include Cubs-Cardinal tickets from Rick Brown Insurance, Mall of America entertainment packages from Regional Media, gift baskets, locally made quilts, pottery, pies, and other items. 

Auction items are still needed!  Call Glenda Wallace at (309) 540-8432.if you wish to donate items for the auction.

Finally, 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 about the Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit, please call 309 927-3355.