The community has rallied to sponsor them and two more Honor Flights leave the Quad-Cities this weekend. They’ll take elderly American veterans and their caregivers to Washington, D.C.

There the vets will visit the memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices. The first two Quad-Cities Honor Flights, in November 2008 and April 2009, were so successful that “back to back” flights took place October 9 and 10 of last year. All of the nonstop flights depart in the morning. The veterans return to heroes’ welcomes the same evening.

By Phil Roberts, Davenport