Vietnam War

Honor Flight of the Quad Cities

For the 45th time, a group of veterans will fly to Washington DC to see the military monuments dedicated to them. Plans were announced Wednesday morning for the next Honor Flight from the Quad Cities, on August 30th.

One local veteran says "it's about time" those who served in the Vietnam War are given the recognition they never received 50 years ago. Saturday, a bi-state Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Parade will be held, from Rock Island to Davenport. 

Credit US Marine Corps

2,500 yellow, helium-filled balloons will be released in the Quad Cites this weekend. They'll help local veterans and families remember the Vietnam War soldiers buried at the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island. 

Bi-State Commemorative Parade

As the US marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, some local veterans are planning an event for the Quad Cities. A Bi-state Commemorative Parade will be held on May 21, from Rock Island to Davenport. 

The chairman, Ed Hildebrand of Davenport, says his goal is to honor the soldiers who didn't come home, including those killed in action and missing in action, and their families. 

WVIK Staff

After taking thousands of World War Two and Korean War veterans to Washington DC, Honor Flight of the Quad Cities is now ready to start taking veterans from the Vietnam War. Tuesday it announced applications will be accepted, starting Wednesday.

Acting Honor Flight director, Steve Garrington, expects a "flood" of applications.

US Coast Guard Academy

He insists he's not a hero, but the Coast Guard thinks otherwise. On Friday, the Coast Guard honored William Carr of Davenport with a plaque on its Wall of Gallantry, in the Hall of Heroes, at the academy in Connecticut.

Darryl Howlett, Rock Island Arsenal

Veterans who served in Vietnam are the focus of a new exhibit at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. It opened yesterday as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the war.