The Kwik Star Criterium will donate to Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities.

“We at Kwik Star are delighted by the fact that more of our veterans will be able to go to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials,” said Carl Rick, public relations specialist and third-generation owner. “It only seems appropriate on a holiday dedicated to the remembrance of our nation’s war dead that we thank those who offered the same sacrifice and yet are still with us today.”

The Kwik Star Criterium, which originally was known as the Moline Criterium, began in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then it has joined with area races to form the Iowa Memorial Weekend Cycling Classic.

Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities began in 2008 to fly veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to them. Top priority is given to World War II- and Korean War-era veterans, or any veteran with a terminal illness. Veterans within a 75-mile radius of the Quad-Cities are encouraged to apply.

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Film critic/reporter since 1985 at Quad-City Times. Broadcast Film Critics Association member. College instructor for criminal justice, English and math. Serves on Safer Foundation and The Salvation Army advisory boards. Member of St. Mark Lutheran Church