FULTON, Ill. — Thursday’s Honor Flight suffered delays and excitement for those veterans flying out to Washington to see the memorials constructed in their honor.
“It was a good day, but it was a memorable day,” Whiteside County, Ill., Honor Flight Committee Secretary Virginia Ray said. “This is the flight we will talk about for years to come.”
Ray said the flight got off to a rocky start Thursday morning when an owl interfered with the plane the veterans were on, delaying the flight. The flight left at 10:10 a.m., several hours late. This delay also kept the veterans from returning to the Quad-Cities before midnight.
“But I never heard anyone grumble,” Ray said.
Despite the government shut down, Ray said the veterans were able to see everything they wanted to. This included the World War II and Korean War memorials.
Ray and several other members of the Whiteside County committee, as well the Quad-Cities Honor Flight group, were worried Thursday when the news reported about a shooter near near the US Capital. She said they did not know where the group was.
Ray thought that since many of them have ears trained to hear gunfire, it might have disturbed their trip. However, she reported they did not hear it at all nor was the trip affected.