Riverdale Firefighters stand under a gigantic US flag at the entrance to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Bettendorf.

Riverdale Firefighters stand under a gigantic US flag at the entrance to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Bettendorf. Riverdale and Bettendorf firefighters created an archway with their ladder trucks under which the veterans and their escorts passed as they went to their pre-flight dinner on September 11, 2019.

Members of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department were on hand to welcome some of America’s greatest generation as veterans from WWII and the Korean War prepare to leave the Quad Cities on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

The flight, the 49th of its kind originating out of the Quad Cities, occurred on Thursday, September 12th. A pre-flight dinner was held the night before at the Isle of Capris Casino Hotel in Bettendorf. This was the 11th local flight to be sponsored by Hy-Vee.

The 113 veterans were escorted by volunteer guardians and took a one-day tour of our nation’s capital.

Scenes from the event can be found on the Quad-City Times/Bettendorf News website.