Veteran takes part in Honor Flight, to travel to DC

BOISE -- One local veteran served in the military 64 years ago, and is preparing for a trip in honor of his two decades of service.

Jim Bowen is taking part in the third annual Honor Flight. The Flight is part of a non-profit program to send veterans to Washington, D.C. for several days for free.

"It's a special couple of days, and it's a time to remember, and it's a time to get other people to remember," said Bowen.

Bowen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. "Sweeping for mines, even in training. You have seas that are so high, they come up over the bridge of the ship, it's no fun. But, we did it."

"Spending six months in the Mediterranean and six months in the far east was not my favorite thing to do," said Bowen. "But, it was something that had to be done, and something that I was proud to have done."

28 Idaho veterans will travel along with 22 guardians. They leave first thing tomorrow morning and will spend two days exploring monuments, museums, and Arlington Cemetery. Veterans apply for a spot on the Honor Flight and are chosen on a first come, first service. They will return on Thursday, right before Bowen's 88th birthday.

"I enjoy life and I enjoy helping other people and I enjoy doing things for other people, and this is something I'm doing for me," he said.


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