SPOKANE, Wash. -- The first Inland Northwest Honor Flight of 2013 takes off Thursday morning for Washington D.C., but one veteran admits he’s a little nervous.
“I don’t like all this publicity. I don't think, I have a feeling there are other people that are more deserving than I to take this trip, said" World War II veteran Joe Feil.
He served in the army from 1943 to 1946. Now Feil spends his days at Harvard Park Retirement Community in Spokane. Staff who know Feil are thrilled that he has the chance to go on an Honor Flight.
The Thursday flight is the first time the non-profit organization is using a charter flight.
"I'm very pleased to hear that because like I say, I've been on commercial flights and that to me is a hassle," said Feil.
You can thank these veterans for their service and see them off at Spokane International Airport. Veterans begin arriving at 6:00 a.m. Organizers said the veterans will gather near the Alaska Airlines ticketing counter. Veterans begin going through security at 7:00 a.m.
Honor Flight returns to Spokane International Airport on Friday, May 17th at 6:50 p.m. Supporters are asked to gather at the Alaska Airlines’ baggage claim to welcome the veterans home.
Organizers announced plans to dedicate the flight in memory of Spokane native Matthew Stiltz. He was killed while serving in Afghanistan on November 12, 2012.
Honor Flight is dependent on donations. You can donate here.