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Peoples National Bank to honor military, customers, community on Flag Day

Peoples National Bank
updated: 6/12/2019 1:05 AM

MARION -- Peoples National Bank, a locally owned and operated community bank, will be honoring all Southern Illinois veterans, active duty and customers on Flag Day, Friday, June 14 at its branch located at 2803 17th St. in Marion.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Mayor Mike Absher and a prayer by Ed Davis, followed by a flag-raising ceremony by the Illinois National Guard. Guests will enjoy food from 17th Street BBQ and music from Kali Lynn.

In honor of all veterans in Southern Illinois, Peoples National Bank has pledged an additional $10,000 to Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois and will be presenting a check to representatives of the organization at this event.

"Peoples National Bank is committed to serving our veterans and is proud to honor them by being a strong supporter of the Veterans Honor Flight," said Bill Bonan Sr., President of Peoples National Bank. "We were honored to provide the seed money for Veterans Honor Flight to kickoff their fundraising efforts prior to Flight No. 1 and are happy to lead the community support, which has allowed Veterans Honor Flight to complete five flights and provide over 300 veterans with the trip of a lifetime."

"With this pledge, Peoples National Bank has committed a total of $30,000 to our efforts," said Bryan Questelle, Chairman of Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois. "We are committed to providing all veterans with a trip to DC and could not achieve our goal without the support of our community led by Peoples National Bank."

Veterans Honor Flight is a nationwide network dedicated to providing all veterans who apply a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials honoring their service and sacrifice.

All expenses for this one-day trip are the sole responsibility of the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois, including the plane ticket, ground transportation, meals and beverages. The trip is provided completely free to the veterans and underwritten entirely by donations.

Peoples National Bank features 23 locations in Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metro area.