20th Honor Flight Includes Gold Star Families

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The Honor Flight Quad Cities took off for their 20th flight Thursday morning.  Around 100 veterans and over 60 guardians left the QC International Airport and headed to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices.

This Honor Flight was special because many of those serving as guardians were Gold Star Families.  A Gold Star Family is one that has lost a member of their family during a war.

The flight will return to the QC International Airport Thursday night around 10 pm.  For many of the veterans and the Gold Star Families, this is their first to Washington D.C.  They say it’s a trip they’re looking forward to but one that will bring back a lot of memories.

The next honor flight is set to happen on November 8th of this year but organization has already started thinking about next year’s flights.

“Right now we have 800 Korean Veterans waiting to go and we are planning around 5 flights for next year,” Art Peterson, Honor Flight Volunteer and Korean War Veteran says. 

He thanks the community's support for keeping these flights going.

The Honor Flight QC project started back in 2008.