Local veterans take honor flight to Washington D.C.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Dozens of Veterans are heading to Washington D.C. on Monday morning.

Inland Northwest Honor Flight is taking two World War II, seven Korean War and 90 Vietnam War veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. The trips are totally free for Veterans, and it’s a way to thank them for their service.

“I think they have some nervous anticipation about it, about what the flight might evoke for them,” said Tony Lamanna, the director for Inland Northwest Honor Flight. “So many of them in the end tell us it was the best trip of their life.”

They’re flying out from the Spokane International Airport with a celebration before they depart. People are gathering around 5:30 a.m. in the Alaska Airlines baggage claim area. A welcome ceremony starts at 6:30 a.m., and the veterans leave at 9 a.m.

They’ll return on Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 7:30 p.m. to the main terminal ticketing area. Anyone is welcome to meet there and welcome the heroes home from their special trip.

To learn more about the organization and the flights they sponsor, click HERE.