MOLINE, Illinois (KWQC) – On Thursday, September 15, 2016 the first ever Honor Flight designated for Vietnam veterans left Quad Cities International Airport.
In the QCA, honor flights have been funded for the last eight years. These trips allow veterans to visit the sites and sounds of Washington D.C., interact with other veterans, and receive a well-earned welcome back ceremony.
For the 95 Vietnam veterans aboard the first designated flight, their trip was a little extra special.
“We didn’t get any appreciation when we got home in the 60’s as everybody know,” said Vietnam veteran, Oscar Sommers. “Alot of people shunned us, which wasn’t right. We where there to do our job, serve our country. And this is going to be an entirely different welcome home tonight.”
The welcome back ceremony tonight is from 9-11 p.m. and there is an open invitation to the the community. The organization is trying to get an even bigger crowd then usual and they invite people to bring banners, signs, and any form of a “thank you” they can.