SPOKANE— More than 160 World War II veterans are on the waiting list hoping to get sent to Washington D.C. to see the memorial built in their honor. KREM 2 is on a mission to help those veterans make the Honor Flight trip.
This year, it costs a bit more to send the veterans that in the past. However, Honor Flight picks up the tab for every trip.
But, the Inland Northwest Honor Flight chapter no longer receives free tickets from Southwest. The tickets are now given to other Honor Flight programs to help start sending veterans from different areas. So now, trips that normally would cost about $500 are closer to $1,000.
Honor Flight recipients on the most recent trip said the experience is very moving and appreciated. One veteran said he felt appreciated like he did when he was just a teenager after the war.
Organizers said many of the veterans are obviously getting older, so time is of consideration now. The group already has a trip planned in June, but needs to raise more money to continue flying back East.
To donate to the cause, anyone can make a donation at a U.S. Bank branch. You can also visit the KREM 2 Honor Flight page and describe how your business is getting involved. KREM 2 will pick three businesses to honor for their service and involvement to the cause. Each business will receive a special flag presentation with Honor Flight with KREM 2’s Randy Shaw.
Many of the veterans on the waiting list are listed here. You can read about each of the veterans waiting to leave on the trip.