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Group of 80 deserving vets set to take off on Honor Flight 58

A group of around 80 veterans will spend the day in Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.
Credit: Tom and Jimmy Morrison
The group photo taken outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., as part of the 51st Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Honor Flight 58 is set to take off to Washington D.C. with a group of deserving veterans on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to visit memorials built in their honor.

About 80 veterans will leave from the Quad Cities International Airport in Moline around 6 a.m., returning around 10 p.m. The public is welcome to send them off and greet them for their welcome home.

This flight includes a veteran of World War II, three veterans of the Korean War, and many who served during the Vietnam War, including two women.

News 8 is honored to serve as the media representative on this particular flight. We plan to bring viewers live coverage on broadcasts and on our social media pages.

Flight 58 is sponsored by the Hy-Vee stores of the Quad Cities, Clinton, and North Scott. Debbie Geisler, Quad Cities Hy-Vee's marketing and communications manager, and a member of the Honor Flight Board, is serving as commander of the flight.

Veterans will be accompanied by 70 trained volunteers they call "guardians." The guardians assist the veterans throughout the long, but rewarding day.

Anyone who has a minimum of 6 months of honorable, non-training, active duty before 1976 is urged to fill out an application for an Honor Flight and send it (along with a DD214) to:

Honor Flight c/o Ridgecrest Village
4130 Northwest Blvd.
Davenport, IA 52806

Those who are interested in being a guardian can also go to the website here, or email honorflight@ridgecrestvillage.org.

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