Honoring Idaho veterans with Honor Flight trip

Honoring Idaho veterans with Honor Flight trip

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by Bonnie Shelton

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Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 10:37 AM

BOISE -- Some World War II veterans from Idaho are preparing for the trip of a lifetime. Next month, they'll travel on the Honor Flight to see the Washington, D.C. monuments built in their honor.

Two of the veterans who will be traveling on this year's flight live in a retirement community in Boise.

Carl Olson and William Litzebauer can both remember the moment they heard World War II was over.

Olson was on a ship headed for Japan when the news broke.

"Everything else was thrown overboard when we heard we were going to New York. That included Jeeps," he said.

As he showed off some of the few items he kept from his time serving in the United States Army, he admitted to us, he shouldn't have even been there. Olson can't see out of his right eye.

"I erased out the question mark for my right eye and I put in 20/20. I got back in the line and I was in the service," said Olson.

Olson and Litzebauer told us they enlisted because it was the right thing to do. Both have lots of stories from their time in the Army.

"Do something even though you don't want to," said Litzebauer with a laugh.

These stories are ones they've been telling a lot lately ahead of their trip to Washington, D.C. with 24 other World War II veterans from Idaho.

"I consider it an honor to be able to go back and see what other generations might see," said Litzebauer.

This will be the second Honor Flight from Idaho. It's free for the vets who attend.

"It's an opportunity to give back to the guys that made this country what it is today," said Honor Flight of Idaho Director Lance Stephensen.

An opportunity Olson and Litzebauer said they're looking forward to as they look back on their time in the service.

"I've always had a philosophy that I'll do what's necessary...and that was necessary," said Olson.

Stephensen said there are still 150 World War II veterans from Idaho on a waiting list to get on a flight. He hopes to expand the Idaho program, offering more than just one flight a year soon.

If you would like to learn more about Honor Flight of Idaho, click here.

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