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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Honor Flight benefit in Bishop Hill this weekend

  • The annual Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill on Sunday, June 9, from 3 to 7 p.m., with a variety of activities held to raise funds to send area military veterans to Washington, D.C.
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  • The annual Honor Flight Benefit returns to Bishop Hill on Sunday, June 9, from 3 to 7 p.m., with a variety of activities held to raise funds to send area military veterans to Washington, D.C.
    In the last four years, the community has raised more than $40,000 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 or Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness.
    Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals.
    Representatives of Honor Flight will be present to answer questions and accept applications.
    The schedule begins with a barbecue rib dinner at 3 p.m. in the village park.
    At 3:30, the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders will arrive. At 4 p.m., there will be an invocation and then the Presentation of Colors by area VFW and American Legion groups. State Rep. Don Moffitt and State Sen. Darin LaHood will speak.
    Honor Flight Guardians Deb Turner and Greg Peterson will talk about their Honor Flight experience. Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music.
    Bishop Hill story teller Brian "Fox" Ellis will perform "The Civil War in 12 Minutes."
    A live auction will be conducted by Stenzel Auction Service. Auction items include 4 tickets to a Cubs/Cardinals game, 2 tickets to a White Sox game, a Larry the Cable Guy autographed t-shirt, as well as locally made quilts, pottery and other items.
    A special military display provided by the Galva American Legion will be present. The Illinois Patriot Guard will display their Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall.
    There will be a military retreat at 6 p.m. with a 21-gun salute and Taps.
    Golf cart shuttle services, provided by Cambridge Cart Sales, will be provided from the edge of the park. For more information call 927-3355.
    The dinner, which includes ribs, potato salad and all the fixings, will be prepared by the Filling Station Restaurant and the Bishop Hill Community Club. Serving begins 3 p.m. and will be held in the park. Seating is available but be sure to bring lawn chairs.
    Planned activities also include a live auction.
    The event is being organized by the Filling Station Restaurant. All proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
    If anyone wishes to make a donation, volunteer, or need more information, call 927-3355.
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