Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Woodford County FOP Lodge makes April 30 Honor Flight possible for Korean War veteran

Woodford County FOP Lodge makes April 30 Honor Flight possible for Korean War veteran, Metamora Herald

EUREKA – The members of Woodford County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge # 228 have made it possible for a Korean War veteran to take part in an April 30 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Lodge # 228 is comprised of members from the Woodford County Sheriff's Office.

FOP Lodge # 228's $1,000 donation means that the 88-year-old United States Marine Corps veteran Garland Pires from Metamora will be able to join the flight to the nation's Capitol to visit war memorials that honor the service and sacrifice of those in the armed forces. The flight will leave at 6:30 a.m. on April 30 from Peoria and return at 9:30 that evening, where Pires will be welcomed home by members of the military and several members of FOP Lodge # 228.

“We are honored and humbled by Garland's service to our nation, and can't think of a better way to show our gratitude than to make this flight possible for him,” said Michael Ealey, president of FOP Lodge # 228.

Lodge # 228 is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, which was founded in 1915 and is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit for more information.

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