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The latest Honor Flight marks new milestones for the Quad City program. It's an exciting and emotional day for 92 local veterans. Honor Flight of the Quad Cities is making it's 20th flight to Washington D.C. Thursday morning.

But there is something else that's special about today's flight. The war veterans will be escorted by a group of Gold Star Families. The Gold Star Families, all of whom have lost a loved one in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, will escort the 92 veterans of World War II and the Korean War era who are taking off on the Honor Flight.

The local Honor Flight chapter is covering the travel costs for the Gold Star Families and this is the first time Gold Star Families have volunteered to serve as guardians.

Bob Morrison, the QC Honor Flight Hub Director tells us about the Gold Star Families. "There are about 50 of them in our area and 42 of them agreed and they feel so privileged."

It's a full itinerary and a long day but many of these veterans have never had the privilege to see the D.C. monuments built in their honor. Many of them say they never had a real sendoff like this one for their service.

Today's Honor Flight is a chance for them to see the Korean War Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guard. It's a chance to reminisce with so many Gold Star Families from across the Quad City Area.

The Flight is expected to return our vetrans and Gold Star Families to the Quad City International Airport around 10:00 p.m.