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Veterans Honor Flight to resume flying September 28

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois

(WSIL) -- Veterans will soon return to Washington D.C. as Honor Flights resume.

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois has announced that Flight 7 will transport 87 of our area’s honored veterans to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

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.

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 will depart Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois at 5:15am and return at 8:00pm. The public is invited to attend the Welcome Home ceremony beginning at 5:00pm. More details will be published soon on our webite at

All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to travel. This includes all veterans, guardians and Honor Flight staff.

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Kenzie Dillow

Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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