The Quad Cities has created a local chapter of the Honor Flight Network, called Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, to fly America's veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices. Top priority is given to survivors of WWII and any veterans with a terminal illness who wish to visit their memorial. The nonstop flights depart at 7am from the Quad City International Airport, and fly to Washington, D.C., returning that same evening.
There will be 2 more Honor Flights in 2011: September 22 (#16) and November 3 (#17).
The intention is to honor as many of our local and regional heroes who were selfless in their military duty with a free trip to visit their memorial. Veterans within a 75 mile radius are encouraged to apply for the trip. The program operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Volunteers of all kinds will be needed to plan and coordinate the flight event, and special guardians will be trained to help escort the veterans the day of the flight.
WWII Veterans interested in applying for the trip, as well as interested donors and volunteers, are encouraged to email or call Bob Morrison at (563) 388-3271.