Spokane man to take Honor Flight despite doctor's orders

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by Laura Papetti & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

For World War II veterans, the biggest enemy now can be time. 160 veterans are on the waiting list to travel with Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and see the memorial built in their honor.

Al Bevacqua was just 17 years old when he signed up for the Army Air Corp.  His dad was devastated when he found out that his sun was going to be sent overseas.

Al just thought it would be fun to be around planes, catch a few rides.  Well, he got a lot over the next few years. He was sent to Africa and Europe during World War II.  He says he loved it; he loves the military and loves his country.

He eventually joined the Air Force and became an officer. Still to this day, at 89 years old, he often visits Fairchild Air force Base.

He was a single dad, raising two daughters. Now all he wants is to fly to Washington D.C. to see the World War II memorial.

His doctor recommended he not make the flight for health reasons.  But Bevacqua says he is going--that his family supports his efforts to make it back east.

He says now he needs to see how people are marking World War II and remembering the war.

Bevacqua says he wants to see if the people who designed the memorial really understood what they saw and what they went through during the war.

When Bevacqua goes on Honor Flight, his guardian will be his grandson, who currently serves in the United States Marine Corp.  

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