Legion Riders invite the Lansing community to greet returning Honor Flight participants
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (July 11, 2018) – The American Legion Riders from Edward Schultz Chapter 697 will be gathering at Sunrise Health Foods (17650 Torrence Avenue) at 9:30pm on Wednesday, July 11, to receive two Lansing veterans who will be returning from a day-long experience with Honor Flight Chicago.
The Lansing community is invited to join the welcome.
The two veterans are Harold Sonny Myers and Donald B. Krueger. After a day in Washington, DC, they will be flying back to Midway Airport Wednesday night.
Traditionally, Honor Flight Chicago returnees were honored with a welcome ceremony at the airport, but increased security concerns limited the access and participation allowed, and more recently, construction at Midway has dramatically reduced the onsite welcome activities. Now the Honor Flight participants typically are driven back to Lansing by family, and representatives from the Legion Riders, Lansing Police Department, and Lansing Fire Department meet them as they exit the highway onto Torrence. After a brief welcome in the parking lot of Sunrise, the veterans are given a hero’s escort—with sirens, lights, and entourage—to their homes or to the American Legion.
No RSVP is required. Anyone who wishes to welcome Myers and Krueger home is invited to meet at the American Legion at 9:00pm or at Sunrise Health Foods at 9:30pm.
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