Final Honor Flight of 2011 returns to Spokane

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by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis

KREM.com

Posted on November 6, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 6 at 7:08 PM

SPOKANE-- Dozens of local World War II veterans returned home from this year’s final Inland Northwest Honor Flight Sunday.

Family, friends and supporters greeted the 26 returning veterans at Spokane International Airport.  The war heroes were still in awe of getting to see the memorial that was built in their honor.

KREM 2 has been following the story of Jerry Ives and his daughter for weeks, who finally got to go to Washington, D.C. on the Honor Flight.  Most of their family made it out to the airport to welcome them home.

Since the beginning, Jerry’s daughter Annette Marz has been at his side.  She raised money and has been his caregiver so he could see the monuments built in his honor.  

Jerry says he was reminded of his fellow sailors who will never get the chance to be welcomed home today or after the war.

“I’ve just had more than probably I deserve,” Jerry said.

The Honor Flight program needs help to keep sending veterans to Washington, D.C. in the future.

Click here to donate to the program.
    

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