AirFest launches Honoring Heroes program, nominations due May 23

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The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) will recognize the dedication and sacrifices made by Vietnam veterans who have served our country during “AirFest 2014: Let the Thunder Roll” as part of the “Honoring Heroes” appreciation program.

In addition to participating in commemorative activities during AirFest, honorees or their families will receive two complimentary one-day tickets to the festivities, general parking and shuttle to the Heroes Chalet on the flight line, complimentary beverages, lunch and snacks, exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities with the performers, and a commemorative Heroes Program featuring photos and bios of each honoree.

Nominations are open to any veteran or fallen military member who has served in the Vietnam War Theater and has not previously been recognized in an Honoring Heroes program. The Vietnam War Theater refers to those who served in Vietnam, in other Southeast locations that took part in the conflict including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, those based outside the country who flew combat missions over the war zone and those who served with the Navy and Coast Guard in the waters off North and South Vietnam.

Forms are available online at and must be submitted by 5 p.m., May 23. Nominees must reside in RFD’s service region of northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

Selected nominees will be recognized during AirFest June 7 and 8 at RFD.

Posted May 7, 2014

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