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Great River Honor Flight prepares for 20th trip

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The Great River Honor Flight has flown hundreds of veterans to Washington D.C. as a way to say thank you.

Sunday, another 32 veterans came out for an informational meeting on the 20th Honor flight, taking the grand total to more than 600 veterans. It's a pledge every serviceman has honored to keep our nation safe.

That's the same oath brothers Donald and Harold Riggs kept when they were enlisted in the Korean War. Both men know this is going to be both exciting and emotional, and they want to be together through it all. 

"Well I wanted him to go out and see everything with me and go with me. I'm just sorry our older brother couldn't have been here to go too because the three of us boys were always close together. It's going to be a little tough but I want to see it," Donald said.  The trip will allow both Donald and Harold to see monuments throughout the nation's capitol.  

Donna Troutman is both the sponsor for the Riggs brothers and Donald's daughter, and she said this opportunity has allowed Donald to open up more about what happened. 

"He talks about the things that he did some of the places that he stayed, talking about living out of suitcases for months on in because you just never knew when you were going to go," Troutman said. 

Every veteran was given a shirt, a packet, and a gift box filled with everything from movies to playing cards. Both Harold and Donald said this is something they'll remember for a long time. 

"I just want to thank the committee for doing this. I know a lot of people around the whole area, Quincy, Hannibal, they raised money for this and I just want to thank them," Harold said.

The plane is scheduled to take off Thursday morning and it will come back on the same night.

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