More veterans to attend Inland Northwest Honor Flight thanks to local car show

The Inland Northwest Honor Flight is taking off again this October with veterans who served in World War II, Vietnam, and Korea.

To those veterans, the chance to visit Washington D.C. and see the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice means everything.

With that in mind, a local car show raised thousands of dollars to ensure as many veterans can make this year’s trek as possible.

Inland Northwest Honor Flight relies solely on donations.

For the last several years, the Gents Auto Club in Spokane has held a car show to raise money for the cause. This July, though, was their largest turnout.

They, along with the Spokane Eagles Aerie 2, raised $7,500. That check was presented to Honor Flight on Wednesday night.

“We want to get every last interested vet here and down the line we’ll be taking veterans of Panama, Grenada, Iraq. Afghanistan, as well,” said Tony Lamanna, director of Inland Northwest Honor Flight.

The non-profit also raised raised close to $1,500 at their own table, bringing the total dollar amount to $9,000. That’s enough to cover the trip for about nine veterans.

There are about 300 veterans in the area still on a waiting list. Since 2009, the non-profit has taken more than 1,500 to the nation’s capitol.