Salute to Military Tour

This is a popular tour among veteran groups and those with military backgrounds and interest. On this full day tour a professional and knowedgeable guide will lead the group to the military sites and offer historical commentary to educate and  entertain the group to ensure an enjoyable day of history and commradery. 

You’ll visit the impressive Illinois War Memorials located inside of Oak Ridge Cemetery that includes the Illinois Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, WW I, and the WW II Memorials. Next visit the incredible 2 hanger private Air Combat Museum that contains restored and functioning historical military aircraft and other hardware. Here is the only place you’ll see a P-51 Mustang and a Vough F4 Cosair together. After lunch take in the Illinois State Military Museum that chronicles the involvement of the Illinois National Guard in history. See General Santa Ann’s wooden leg captured by Illinois troops as spoils of war. Staffed by combat veterans this visit always delivers memories and new friends. Then it’s on to the Grand Army of the Republic Museum dedicated to Civil War veterans and their service. Here you’ll see a variety of artifacts such as an original Civil War drum and a piece of the flag bunting from Ford’s Theater torn by Booth’s spur moments after shooting the President. After a day of military hardware and history it’s time to wind the day down at one of our local breweries pints and tastings. While here take stock in the day, enjoy friends, have a pint or two, try some amazing pizza, maybe a get a brewery tour…and call it a day well done. 

Sites Included:


  • State of Illinois War Memorials
  • Illinois State Military Museum
  • Air Combat Museum
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum
  • Anvil & Forge Brewery / tastings and brewery tour
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Tour Includes:

  • Coach transportation
  • Group pickup/dropoff
  • Local guide
  • All site entry/donations
  • On board water
  • Lunch option
  • Driver tip


Choose a lunch option:

  • Self-pay or group lunch at most any restaurant.
  • Included group lunch


   Conventions – Associations
  Military Reunions & Groups


Cost of Tour:

Each tour is a custom build for your group so the price can vary.

Please contact us with the following information: 

  • Your coach or ours?
  • How many people are anticipated in the group?
  • What date? 

Call or email us to dicuss options for your group!


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L'est we forget
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Illinois Vietnam Memorial
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Spanish-American War KIAs
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Illinois WW II Memorial

All of our fall tours will follow CDC and State of Illinois COVID guidelines for everyone’s health and safety as much as possible. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.