SPOKANE -- Help us support local World War II veterans this week by supporting Honor Flight. All this week, KREM 2 News will be working to raise enough money to send a group to Washington D.C. later this year to see the memorial built in honor of World War II veterans. To help jump start the campaign, KREM 2’s Honor Flight partners, Horizon Hospice, made a substantial donation Monday.
Veterans waiting to take the next honor flight are humbled at the opportunity. Honor Flight makes it possible for World War II veterans to see the memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifice.
Warren and Betty Schott are Pearl Harbor survivors. They made the trip to D.C. last year and say they vividly remember December 7th, 1941. The couple lived just 100 feet from the harbor shore.
Warren remembers watching the Japaneses planes on fire and that’s how he knew the country was at war. The couple described the days that followed as horrible, but heroic. They recalled using their curtains, blankets and towels to help others get the oil off their eyes.
At 93, making the trip brought back a flood of memories for the couple. They’ve been married for 73 years and still make it a point to remember their fallen friends.
Now other veterans are signing up for the opportunity. The donation of $5,000 from the Horizon Hospice will help make that possible. Honor Flight wants to sponsor another 35 veterans for a trip in D.C. in April.