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April: Month of Military Child

April 1 - 3:00 p.m.

Peach Blossoms in a Post-Military World: Working with Iraq-Era Student-Veterans
Presented by distinguished faculty lecturer Dr. David Rohall
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, 3561 60th Street, Moline, IL  - Room 102
Following the lecture there will be refreshments and time for questions and discussion. This event is free and open to the public

April 5 - 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Army Community Services, US Army MWR and US Army Child, Youth & School Services Hosts Youth Summertime Activities Expo
Rock Island Arsenal Fitness Center
Come learn what is available to you for you and your children 0-18 years old during the summer months. This expo will have four major categories: Summer Fun and Activities, Day and Resident Camps, Volunteer Opportunities and Education.
This event is free and open to the public.
More information: 309.782.0791

 April 7 Eat Wings, Raise Funds
11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. AND & 7:30 p.m. until close
Buffalo Wild Wings, Moline, IL
Support the RIA Sergeant Audie Murphy Club by eating lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings Moline, IL. 10% of proceeds will benefit the club.

April 8, 7:00 p.m. American Experience “1964”

Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: Follow prominent and ordinary Americans whose actions began to turn the country onto a new course. Highlights include Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater and Betty Friedan.

April 9, 8:00 p.m. John Glenn: A Life of Service

Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: The documentary chronicles this American hero, born in Ohio, who has dedicated himself to a life of duty and public service. From a war pilot to being the first American to orbit the Earth to his days in the Senate – and at 77 years of age becoming the oldest person to go into space – the viewer is transported to the pivotal moments in John Glenn’s life when he put country before self.

April 12 Western Illinois University Macomb campus Annual Military Ball
6:00 p.m. social followed by dinner, program and dancing.
Cost: $30
RSVP by April 4th to

April 12 – Operation: Family Timeout
Davenport YMCA
Swimming, games, snacks and a 4-H activity
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – pick up between 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Contact: 309.756.9978

 April 13, 8:00 p.m. Civil War: The Untold Story “Bloody Shiloh”

Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: The fighting in the hellish terrain around Shiloh in 1862 is some of the most brutal of the war.

April 15 Combat to College: Educational Partnerships Assisting in Student Veteran Success
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Illinois State University Bone Student Center Ballroom
Conference is free to Illinois student veterans
RSVP and learn more at

April 15 8:00 p.m. Rock Island Arsenal: Inside the Gates
Embracing Our  Military Program on WQPT, Courtesy of Collaborative Partner CBS4
A look at Quarters One, the Railroad Bridge, the Springfield rifle, and much more, plus a personal profile of U.S. Army Chaplain Major Scott Fluegel.

Wednesday, April 16 8:00 p.m. Escape in the Pacific: 1943
Embracing Our  Military Program on WQPT: This program delivers a dramatic, gripping account of one of the most remarkable incidents of World War II — the only successful group to escape from a Japanese POW camp. On April 4, 1943, 10 American prisoners of war — survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor — and two Filipino convicts carried out a daring escape from one of Japan's most notorious (and reputedly escape-proof) prison camps, the Davao Penal Colony located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

Saturday, April 19 - Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Memorial Park, Rock Island Arsenal, IL
(Inclement weather location will be building 150 or fitness center)
Join us for an Easter egg hunt for ages 0-15, photos with the Easter Bunny, a Teddy Bear Clinic, and Easter Contests. 
Contact: 309.782.2828 or

Sunday, April 20 8:00 p.m. Civil War: The Untold Story “A Beacon of Hope”
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPTSignificant Civil War battles are explored with insight from experts and realistic battle footage.

Tuesday, April 22 8:00 p.m. Rock Island Arsenal: Inside the Gates

Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT, Courtesy of Collaborative Partner CBS4: A look at the Ballistic Testing facility, drop-hammer forging, the Arsenal Foundry, the Ten Stone shops, and more, plus a personal profile of David Blaylock, Testing Branch Chief.

Wednesday, April 23rd 11:00 p.m. Miller’s Center American Forum “The Greatest Generation? America’s Uncertain Entry in WWII”

Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: The years leading up to America's entry into World War II are discussed by authors Lynne Olson ("Those Angry Days") and Richard Moe ("Roosevelt's Second Act").

 Tuesday, April 29 8:00 p.m. Stories Honor Flight

Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT, Courtesy of Collaborative Partner CBS4: A look at honor flights made in October 2013. Veterans on these flights include Paul Satterthwait and Bill Davis. Three veterans on the flight get surprises in DC.

Tuesday, April 29 9:00 p.m. Eagles of Mercy

Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: Recounts the story of two American medics from the 101st Airborne who parachuted into Normandy. 

Friday, May 9 - Military Family Fun Night with Elmo
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sky Deck - Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport, IA
The USO of Illinois Discovery Kids Program invites military children to a special evening of crafts, learning, pizza, and FUN with Sesame Street's Elmo! All children will receive goodie bags and tickets to the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game at 7:00 p.m. Free participation is available to Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Retired military children only. RSVP and learn more at