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Ninety veterans from the QCA will spend Monday in Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities program.

The 27th Honor Flight of the Quad Cities left the QC International Airport Wednesday morning with more than 160 people on it, including 21 World War II veterans, 69 Korean era veterans, their guardians and members of the media.  The guardians are a group of volunteers who make a $500 donation to the program, then make the trip with the veterans and escort them.

The purpose of Honor Flight is to fly veterans to D.C. so they can see the monuments and memorials that were built in honor of their service and sacrifice. Honor Flight does not charge the veterans any money for the trip – saying they already paid the price with their service.

Wednesday's trip will include visits to the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery among other stops.

Many of the veterans have never seen the memorials before and say it will likely be a very exciting and emotional experience for them.

"It'll mean quite a bit because I know quite a few who were in the service you know," said WWII Army Nurse Veteran Trudy King. "A lot of them didn't come back and a lot of them were there. And I'm kind of looking forward to maybe seeing somebody's name who I know."

The group is expected to return to the Quad Cities around 9:30 Wednesday night. Everyone in the community is invited the airport to welcome the veterans and their guardians home.

Honor Flight of the Quad Cities Hub Director Bob Morrison said the welcome home celebration is often the highlight of the day for the veterans.

"They're going to have a lot of great experiences, but I guarantee you - it's you out in the community that come out that are going to make the big difference for them and they'll remember it all their lives," said Morrison.

For updates throughout the day on the trip, follow our Instagram and Facebook pages. KWQC-TV6 News Director Rich Kurz will be along for the trip sending back pictures and updates. 

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