SPOKANE—Thanks to generous donations, a World War II veteran and his daughter were both able to take part in an Honor Flight. They boarded the final Honor Flight of the year Friday and are on their way to Washington, D.C..
Jerry Ives’ doctors didn’t think he would be able to make the trip because of his poor health. But he and 25 other war veterans embarked on a whirlwind journey to see the sights built in their honor Friday.
Seaman Jerry Ives fought during a war 65 years ago, but he has never stepped foot in Washington D.C.. Ives says he could hardly sleep Thursday night because he was so excited about his trip. He says he learned a lot from his comrades during the war.
"They taught me a lot of stuff that saved my life," Ives said. "But we had to bounce back and save them, too."
Honor Flight organizer Tony Lamanna says the program has $10,000 dollars to its name, and it costs $28,000 dollars to take a group of 35 veterans to Washington, D.C.. Fundraising phenoms like 11-year-old Justin Peterson offered some help in the form of two $500 dollar check.
The pilot personally wheeled Ives down the ramp, and Annette, his daughter and primary caregiver, stood by his side.
Organizers say 200 World War II veterans are still on the waiting list. They say the program counts on generosity from the public.
To donate to the Honor Flight program, click here.