The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) will recognize veterans at  AirFest 2015: Things are Looking Up in Rockford for their dedication and sacrifices made by serving our country as part of the “Honoring Veteran’s” appreciation program.

In addition to participating in commemorative activities during AirFest, honorees and/or their families will receive up to four complimentary one-day tickets to the festivities, general parking or ADA parking and shuttle to the Veteran’s Chalet located on the flight line.  They will also receive complimentary food and beverages and exclusive meet and greet opportunities with the performers.

Nominations are open to any veteran or fallen military member.  A veteran is defined herein as:

“Any person who has served honorably on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the United State of America for a period of not less than 180 days.  This definition applies especially to those who served in this capacity during wartime and/or within any combat zone or theater of war in which the U.S. was or is participating.”


Nomination forms are currently available online at and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 20.  Nominees must reside in RFD’s service region of northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

“RFD is proud to provide a program that recognizes veterans for their patriotism and service to our country,” said Mike Dunn, RFD Executive Director. “We are honored to host these individuals at AirFest2015 and look forward to meeting and personally thanking these individuals for their dedication and loyal service to this country.”


Selected nominees will be recognized during AirFest on June 6 and 7 at RFD.