Honor Flight participants pay tribute to fallen soldier

Author: Kylee Cruz, KXLY4 Reporter, kyleec@kxly.com
Published On: Oct 03 2012 06:45:59 PM PDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2012 06:47:22 PM PDT
Myrt Walt Powers Honor Flight
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Over the next three days, 34 veterans are visiting Washington, DC to see the nation's war memorials. Before they left Spokane though they paid tribute to a soldier who will never get to make the trip.

"This is wonderful and especially with all these other veterans who are going," Marine veteran Myrt Powers said. She's traveling to Washington, DC with her husband Walt, a Navy veteran. The couple met during World War II.

"We wrote love letters together and when I came back we got married immediately," Walt explained.

For Myrt Powers, the trip to the nation's capital has special meaning for her.

"She's the only one that has her name registered in Washington, DC, it's in the women's memorial, and she's looking forward to going there so she can see her name," Walt said.

The trip will also give the veterans from the Inland Northwest a chance to honor other servicemen and women who never made it home. People like Army veteran Ralph Greer's brother, who was killed in France during World War II.

This trip will give Greer a chance to say his final goodbye to his brother.

"I don't have words to describe it but it's an honor, a very big honor," he said. "It's really an honor and a pleasure to be able to go and see all these things."

Wednesday's Honor Flight mission was dedicated to Army Private First Class Jarrod Lallier, a Spokane native who was killed in action on June 18 in Afghanistan.

While it's comforting to know how much the community cares, it's still hard for the Lallier family to know Jarrod won't ever be able to take an Honor Flight.

"We always hoped our son would be a veteran, but that's part of the service sometimes, but he died doing what he left called to do," Jarrod's mom Kim Lallier said.