One-hundred and sixty Quad Cities veterans made an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. last week to see the memorials dedicated in their honor.
The veterans were part of the 24th Quad City Honor Flight and made the trip last Thursday.
World War II Navy veteran, 95-year-old Morris Degeeter, says he hadn’t seen the World War II monument before the trip.
“I’m thankful, real thankful,” Morris said, “I hope it hits home to people.”
Morris was accompanied by his nephew Mike, who served in Vietnam and hadn’t seen the Vietnam Wall before.
“When you think of this, you think of 58,000 people,” Mike said in reference to the number of Americans that died. “But when you see all these names up here, it kind of makes it more realistic.”
There are two more Honor Flights from the Quad Cities being planned for this year. You can find more information on them or sign up here.