Gratitude was flowing freely on Nov. 1 concerning the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Military veterans present had served in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War. They were abundantly greeted, applauded, and otherwise recognized for their military experiences.
Appropriately, the vets appreciated the efforts to make the day special by planning committees and others. Nearly 100 vets were honored, leaving Dixon at 4 a.m. and returning after midnight on Nov. 2. Many were from Lee County, but other counties were represented, too.
Thoughtfully, the planners for that trip had arranged for a guardian for every one or two vets, to push wheelchairs or otherwise prevent vets from getting lost. My guardian was Mona, who did an excellent job. (She was the daughter of one of my schoolmates from my country school days.)
Three meals plus snacks were provided throughout the day, at no charge. In fact, many of us paid nothing all day.
Touring military memorials occupied most of the time. One of the highlights was the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. We were especially pleased when an off-duty guard addressed our Lee County group.
I didn’t know most of the attendees, except high school classmates Bill A. and Larry T. I was drafted into the Army during the Korean War, followed by 20 years in the Air Force Reserves. That was a good choice.