Another sort of “miracle on ice” took place February 23, 2013, when dozens of Chicago FBI agents and Chicago police officers faced off for the second annual Law Enforcement Hockey Classic. This charity game, hosted by the non-profit Honor Flight Chicago (HFC), is played to honor Chicago-area World War II veterans by raising funds to fly them to Washington, D.C. for a day of reflection at the National World War II Memorial. This year’s game netted just over $65,000. The total cost for one Honor Flight—with approximately 95 veterans, family members to assist them, and HFC volunteers—is $60,000. There are an estimated 22,000 WW II veterans in the Chicago area, and since its inception five years ago, Honor Flight Chicago has flown more than 3,900 of them to Washington D.C. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 vets waiting to take this trip of a lifetime.
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