This is a huge "thank you" to the organizers, volunteers, guardians, Patriot Guard Riders, active military personnel, our families, and everyone who makes the Quad-Cities Honor Flight such an unforgettable day for us veterans.

Last week, Thursday, May 4, I was fortunate enough to go on the Quad-Cities 39th Honor Flight to Washington.

From the time I arrived at the Quad-City International Airport at 5:30 a.m., to the time our flight got back at 10 p.m., we were treated with respect, dignity, and even like VIPs. We had a wonderful send-off at the airport, and I was amazed we had a large contingent of military personnel, elementary school kids, teachers, and volunteers welcoming us when we got to the Dulles International Airport.

We toured nine memorials, in nine and half-hours. To make this possible, we had a police escort to help three charter buses get through the D.C. traffic. Keep in mind, we had many veterans who needed wheelchairs that had to be unloaded and reloaded on the buses at each stop.

Finally, the incredible reception when we got back to the Quad-Cities; it's a very humbling experience.

I can honestly say for the first time since I left Vietnam on January 10, 1969, I felt my service to this country was appreciated.

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So, I want to send my sincere thanks to all those who participated in this day, and I want you to know it is one that will always have a very special place in my heart.

Bill Churchill

Davenport

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