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Lansing public invited to welcome 7 local veterans home from Honor Flight on April 10

LANSING, Ill. (April 9, 2024) – The first Honor Flight Chicago flight of the year will include seven local residents, and the public is invited to welcome the veterans home from their journey on Wednesday, April 10.

Welcoming veterans home is a tradition among Lansing’s American Legion family, and Wednesday’s welcome will follow the pattern set in the past: veterans and their families will stop at Sunrise Health Foods after they exit the expressway for a quick greeting with assembled locals, followed by a Legion Rider escort to American Legion Post 697 in Lansing.

The local veterans coming home on Wednesday night will be:

  • Fred Schrum
  • Bert Gangolf
  • Ralph Leyba
  • Chuck Murach
  • Donna Rae Cooley
  • Rick Skocz
  • Johnny Wilkerson

Those interested in welcoming these veterans home should plan to arrive at Sunrise Health Foods sometime around 9:30 p.m., said Maureen Grady-Perovich, a longtime Honor Flight Chicago volunteer.

As part of Honor Flight Chicago, veterans fly out of Midway Airport early in the morning, arrive in Washington D.C., tour various memorials and sites of significance, and fly back in the evening to Chicago.

According to Honor Flight Chicago’s website, “Honor Flight Chicago recognizes the bravery, determination and patriotism of our nation’s senior war veterans with a one-of-a-kind journey to Washington, D.C. The trip is only one day, but the experience is life-changing.”

Sunrise Health Foods is located at 17650 Torrence Avenue in Lansing.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.