Bishop Hill Honor Flight benefit returns –

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Honor Flight returns to Bishop Hill Sunday, June 10th, 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 two years the community raised more than $33,000 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 and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals.

The schedule begins at 3:30 pm with the arrival of the Illinois and Iowa Patriot Guard and Legion Riders from Cambridge and Galesburg, IL. Presentation of Colors will be at 4 pm by a variety of area groups including the Galva American Legion Post 45 Hagberg-Hamlin commanded by Wayne Abbott. Cambridge Post 417 will be in attendance. Also included are Representative Donald L. Moffitt 74th District, former Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Mike Boland, and Honor Flight guardian Jason Bates. Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music. Live auction provided by Stenzel Auction Service. Special military display provided by the American Legion. The Illinois Patriot Guard will display their Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall. There will be a military retreat at 1800 hours exactly (6 pm) with a 21 gun salute and taps. In addition there will be a military display by the Galva American Legion.

Also there will be as many as a dozen authentic Model T classic cars which the public can ride in around town for free.

Golf cart shuttle services, provided by Cambridge cart, are provided from the edge of the park.  For more information call 927-3355.

The 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. In addition planned activities include a live auction. Auction items still are needed! Call Linda Spring at (309) 927-3355. The event 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.