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|City Honors "Honor Flight" Fundraisers
|The City of Galesburg has formally recognized a group of local veterans who are helping others see a memorial in their honor.
Mayor Sal Garza awarded his second set of Mayor Appreciation Awards at the last regular City Council meeting. One of them went to officials with the local AmVets organization, for fundraising they've undertaken to allow Galesburg-area World War Two veterans to take part in the Quad Cities Honor Flight program, which sends them to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial in their honor.
Organizer Roger Johnson says since embarking on fundraising last year with the help of Linda Howarter, area residents have responded greatly.
"We started out...we wanted to make the Honor Flight people the grand marshals for the next (Veterans Day) parade we have coming up in November," Johnson said. "We thought we could (raise) enough money for three. Then we changed it to 18. Well, we've got 20. We're still going. If anybody thinks we shut down, we unofficially have, but we're still taking donations."
Johnson says a number of World War Two veterans are passing away every year, so it's essentially a race against time to make sure as many of them as possible can see the memorial before it's too late.
Donations can be sent to:
Honor Flight of the Quad Cities
c/o Roger Johnson
837 Lawrence Ave.
Galesburg, IL 61401
For more information on the Quad Cities Honor Flight program, CLICK HERE.
(Local AmVets and others were recently honored by the Galesburg City Council for their work raising money for Honor Flights. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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