Operation Honor Guard celebrates National Day of Giving

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS — People across central Illinois are honoring veterans from the area for Operation Honor Guards’ National Day of Giving.

Operation Honor Guard raises money to provide military funerals for fallen veterans.

People could donate at three central Illinois locations Wednesday; Dieters Funeral Home in Washington, Carmody Flynn Funeral Home in Bloomington, and Heart of Illinois ABCs’ station in East Peoria.

WMBD’s Matt Sheehan visited Dieters Funeral Home and while there, military wife and mother Tracy Orrico came with a very special person on FaceTime to see the local veterans.

“I also have a husband and three sons who serve in the Air Force. ‘And you currently have him on FaceTime?’ ‘I’ve got him on FaceTime, yes,” Orrico said.

Tracy’s husband Scott has served in the Air Force for 37 years and is currently serving in the Persian Gulf.

Orrico says being able to connect with her husband over the phone has kept him involved in his family’s lives.

“It’s very cool. It’s just something you don’t realize that 30, 50, 60 years ago men and women didn’t get a chance to do this. It keeps him in touch with what we’re doing here and also we’re able to get an idea of what he’s sacrificing over there,” Orrico adds.

But very soon, her husband will be back with the family, for good.

“He’s gonna be coming home hopefully in two weeks,” Orrico said smiling.

Orrico says veterans have done so much for our country, she wishes they would get even more than just funerals paid for.

“I believe all veterans deserve actually more than they’re getting in terms of the honors at their funerals. We just wanna support any and all families who have served in the military,” Orrico said.

If you weren’t able to make it to one of the locations Wednesday to donate, you can still donate online here.

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