As Memorial Day celebrations will take place across the area later this month, the owners of more than 65 Chicago area and Northwest Indiana Culver's restaurants will host a "Day of Giving" on Tuesday, May 20, and donate 10 percent of sales to Honor Flight organizations in Chicago, Lake County and McHenry County.
Honor Flight is a nonprofit group that escorts World War II veterans to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. There is no cost to the veterans for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"This is our opportunity to give back to those who proudly served," says Joe Feminis, director of operations for Culver's Franchising Systems. "We know that many families throughout Chicagoland will make a special effort to visit our restaurants on May 20 so we may help further assist the area's Honor Flight network and their mission of recognizing our veterans with a day of honor, remembrance and celebration from a grateful nation."
According to National World War II Museum statistics, approximately 600 World War II veterans die each day. When the war ended in August 1945, there were 16 million service members. Sadly, only 1.2 million veterans remain, with fewer than 21,000 residing in the Chicago area.
Many Culver's locations, including Buffalo Grove, will sell large-size American flags for $5 a piece, with all proceeds benefiting Honor Flight.