The staff at the Anna Post Office is recognizing mail clerk Michael Cano, left, and city letter carrier Jeremy Peeler. Cano and Peeler both are veterans who served the nation. They now are serving for the U.S. Postal Service. The Anna Post Office staff is proud of both men, thanks them for their service and encourages them to “keep up the good work.” Photo provided.

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois plans to resume flights in September

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois has announced that Flight 7 will transport 87 of the area’s honored veterans to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

The announcement was posted June 11 on the organization’s website.

Originally planned for May 5, 2020, Flight 7 has been postponed several times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

With the latest guidance from the CDC and relaxing of local COVID-19 restrictions, it is now possible to conduct an Honor Flight and to ensure veteran safety, the organization said.

All veterans originally selected to fly on May 5 remain on the flight. Veterans have also been given the option to fly at a later time, if they wish.

The flight is scheduled to depart from Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois at 5:15 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. 

The public is invited to attend the Welcome Home ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. More details will be published soon on the organization’s website at www.veteranshonorflight.org. 

In order to maintain the highest level of safety for our veterans, all participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to travel. This includes all veterans, guardians and Honor Flight staff. 

Veterans Honor Flight has implemented safety and cleaning measures to ensure the safety of the honored veterans.

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois is a hub of the Honor Flight Network, an organization dedicated to transporting our nation’s veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor. 

Veterans travel for free, with funding coming from local donations. All Veterans Honor Flight staff are volunteers.

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