Above / The Legacy Girls again performed popular songs of the World War II era when the DuPage Veterans Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Honor Flight Chicago Fundraiser on May 7, 2016. This year the Naperville Big Band will perform as will the Fire Fighter’s Highland Guard of Naperville.
UPDATE May 7, 2017 / Photographer Jim Hoch reports another successful Honor Flight Fundraiser was held in the Calamos Investments Hanger at the DuPage Airport on May 6, 2017…and he thinks the motorcycle crew of Legion Riders was the largest ever.
“It was nice to have the governor stop by for a visit, and make a donation,” Hoch wrote when he sent the link to the photos he took, now available to see at jameshochphotography.
Many members of the American Legion Post 43 and Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, now planning the Memorial Day Parade on May 29 in downtown Naperville, are pictured in Hoch’s photo gallery. This community is so blessed to have so many Veterans helping Veterans in so many ways.
“My favorite was those little boys in their Navy suits. They greeted the vets as they came in, and the veterans ate it up,” added Hoch. “The mother told me the story of their sister who really got into this, has interviewed about 50 WW-II veterans, and is now creating a documentary on what she collected. Very heartening for someone in their teens to have this interest!”
Remember! The mission of the DuPage Veterans Foundation is to raise enough money for one HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO flight for World War II & Korean Era Heroes to fly to Washington D.C. for a day of honor and the chance to see their War Memorials.
If you know any World War II or Korean Era veterans, urge them and help them to sign up for an Honor Flight today. All proceeds from this annual event will benefit Honor Flight Chicago. For more information, visit www.DuPageVeteransFoundation.org or call (630) 614-4533 or (630) 668-2050.
UPDATE May 5, 2017 /American Legion Riders Post #43 host their annual ride to raise awareness and funds for Honor Flight Chicago. The Police-and-Veteran-escorted ride starts at Heritage Harley-Davidson, 2595 Ogden Ave. in Lisle, and heads out to the DuPage Veterans Foundation Fundraiser at the DuPage Airport (Line-Up at 10:30AM; Kickstands Up at 11AM). Need info? Contact American Legion Riders at (630) 674-1133.
Original Post April 3, 2017 / The 6th Annual Honor Flight Chicago Fundraiser returns to the Calamos Investments Hangar at the DuPage Airport on Sat., May 6, 2017. Doors officially open at 11AM. Lunch is finished by 2PM.
Organizers are more than pleased that this family-friendly event already has raised more than $200,000 to support many Honor Flights for WWII and Korean War Era Veterans, providing opportunities to see Memorials in Washington, D.C., and to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime one-day experience with the assistance of a proud guardian.
Again the fun-filled spirited program inside the Calamos Investments Hangar includes patriotic music by the Naperville Municipal Big Band and is a time to recognize all World War II and Korean Era Veterans as honored guests. Lunch is included. A silent auction of donated items from generous businesses, 50:50 raffle, memorabilia and vintage airplane displays will add to the day’s festivities of fundraising that end by 3PM.
Organizers welcome World War II and Korean era Veterans to attend free of charge.
To purchase advance tickets ($30 each), visit dupageveteransfoundation.org or request by mail at P.O. Box 299, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. Checks payable to: DuPage Veterans Foundation. (Please indicate how many adult / child tickets you wish to purchase, your address and your phone number.)
To sponsor a veteran on the Honor Flight is $550.00. Donations are welcome any time to support the DuPage Veterans Foundation mission.
Tickets at the door are $40 each and $20 for children under 12.
The Calamos Investments Hangar is located at the DuPage County Airport, 2700 International Drive in West Chicago.
ICYMI: The mission of the DuPage Veterans Foundation is to raise enough money for one HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO flight for our WWII & Korean Era Heroes to fly to Washington D.C. for a day of honor and the chance to see their War Memorials.
Photo Galley Posted May 7, 2016 / Thanks to all the “Veterans helping Veterans” as the DuPage Veterans Foundation again rallied to raise funds so all military men and women who served in World War II and Korea have an opportunity to take the gift of the Honor Flight Chicago to Washington, D.C., at no charge.Members of the volunteer organization honored World War II and Korean War Era Veteran heroes during festivities at the Calamos Investments Hangar at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago. Their intention also is to heighten awareness about taking the one-day trip to Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veteran with hopes everyone will help spread the word, especially to families with World War II veterans.
All proceeds from this annual event will benefit Honor Flight Chicago.
Donations to the 501 ( c ) 3 organization can be contributed any time. Simply mail to P.O. Box 299, Wheaton, IL 60187.