Honor Flight fulfills the dreams of 95 Spokane veterans

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by LAURA PAPETTI & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 5:41 PM

Washington, D.C. -- Nearly 100 veterans traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to begin the first Inland Northwest Honor Flight Trip.

The veterans filled a chartered plane for the short fight.

Last Thursday and Friday’s Honor Flight Trip began with the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It took 95 veterans through various memorials and monuments. It ended at the World War II Memorial.

The Honor Flight is intended to be a thank-you note to veterans. But countless people thanked the servicemen in person during the trip.

"The thing that impresses me more than anything is how many people have thanked us for our service,” one veteran said. “I know I've been told this...I didn't realize how much they appreciate us."

Many of the veterans were in their 80s and 90s during the trip.

"We’re all pretty old and hard to get around...but it's worth it,” said Tom Rund, a World War II and Korean War Veteran.

Honor Flight receives about five applications per week for World War II veterans. They hope to raise money to bring two more flights this year.

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