Channahon’s retired police chief Steve Admonis arrived at Chicago’s Midway Airport before 4 a.m. on Oct. 16, knowing his day would end after 10 p.m.
The pre-dawn start to a long day was no problem after looking forward for months to his trip with Honor Flight Chicago (HFC) to Washington, DC.
Honor Flight Chicago was founded in 2008 to recognize America’s senior war veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. to tour the memorials built in their honor. T
he one-day, all-expense paid trip is filled with appreciation, tributes, memories and gratitude. HFC is a 501(c)(3) organization and part of a nationwide network of Honor Flight hubs.
HFC has flown more veterans than any other hub (over 8,700 to date).
Admonis served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Joining him on this HFC trip were 27 fellow members of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial squad. Memorial Squad volunteers provide military honors to every veteran interred at the cemetery.
And the day’s excitement mounted even more once Admonis learned that his oldest son, Danny Admonis, would be in the cockpit as the First Officer for the chartered Southwest Airlines flight to Dulles Airport.
For HFC, October 16 marked the 95th trip to bring veterans to Washington. 101 veterans traveled for this seventh and last flight of 2019, including 16 from World War II, 24 Korean War veterans and 61 Vietnam War veterans
Veterans can download an HFC application, and donations can be made to support the organization’s mission, at HonorFlightChicago.org.