Letter: World War II vets humbled by Honor Flight

November 21, 2013 

My brother and I are both veterans of World War II and were privileged to be on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29 and 30. We flew out of Spokane, and there were approximately 165 veterans and guardians on the flight. There was no cost to the veterans. The guardians not only devoted their time, but paid their own expenses.

The flight was to show us the war memorials. I feel very humble for all the honors that were bestowed on us.

The Inland Northwest Honor Flights organization needs recognition and thanks for all the work it does in organizing and sponsoring these flights. They had a guardian for every two ambulatory veterans and one for each veteran who needed assistance. My brother and I had a very nice young lady as our guardian.

The city of Spokane also deserves recognition for the welcome we received on our return trip. There were about 700 or 800 people at the airport to greet us and to thank us for our service. It was the most awesome greeting I have ever seen. It was an experience I'll never forget. Many, many thanks to all involved.

DEX LIEN, Kennewick

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