Family surprises veteran as Honor Flight returns home



Posted on May 29, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 5:49 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The first Inland Northwest Honor Flight of the year returned home Wednesday evening with 79 veterans on board.

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Hundreds of people showed up to Spokane International Airport to welcome home the veterans, who had spend two days in Washington, D.C. visiting memorials built in their honor.

One family flew in from across the country to surprise their dad and welcome him home Wednesday. Retired Colonel Jacob Kratt was greeted by his children Jeff, Jay, and Janon, and their mom, Joyce. They made the trip from both California and Wisconsin.

“Good thing I've got a good heart because it was shock,” Kratt joked.

Kratt, who lives in Spokane, flew fighter planes in World War II and fighter jets in the Korean War. He was also the base commander at Fairchild Air Force Base at one time.

Kratt said his experience on the Honor Flight trip was a dream come true.

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Honor Flight is a completely volunteer-run organization. Ninety-eight percent of donations go to support the veterans and two percent is used for administrative costs.

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