SPOKANE, Wash. -- Inland Northwest Honor Flight is looking to fill some open spots on their next trip to Washington D.C. Organizers said they have 15 to 20 spots still available for World War II veterans. The October Honor Flight will be the last trip comprised completely of World War II veterans.
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Terry Phelps, 87, planned to go on an earlier trip to Washington DC.
“I'm one of the lucky ones to come home,” Phelps said of his experience at war.
Phelps joined the Navy at the age of 18. He first served below deck aboard a landing craft infantry ship in the Philippines, then as a gunner at the front of the vessel.
“I didn't want to be in the engine room if there was any action going on,” he added.
Phelps said he felt honored to know a memorial stands in the nation’s capitol for him and his fellow veterans.
“I really haven't seen much on it at all so it will be fresh to me,” he said. “I hope I can find somebody [in Washington DC] that was in the Pacific Theater so we can have something in common.”
On the October flight scheduled after Phelps’ trip, Honor Flight had 15 to 20 spots still available. The flight could take around 90 veterans in all.
The organization also planned to start taking veterans of the Korean War on Honor Flights in the future.
Since 2009, Inland Northwest Honor Flight has flown approximately 630 veterans to Washington DC.