Local WWII veteran takes part in Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Posted at 9:38 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 11:44:57-05

BOISE, Idaho — A local World War II veteran spent the weekend in the nation's capital as part of an Honor Flight.

96-year-old Ralph Siple served as a B-17 pilot and flight instructor during the war. He was chosen as one of 45 veterans to make the D.C. trip and the only from the Boise area. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that provides a way for veterans to fly to D.C. and visit memorials dedicated to those who've served and scarified for our country.

"It's an honor that I think all veterans should be able to go back to Washington and see the memorials, maybe see some of the old people that you knew back at the beginning of the war," Siple told our crews before taking off.

Siple and his daughter flew to Washington Friday to meet up with other WWII veterans. Saturday included stops at the WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as taking part in a traditional Mail Call. The pair returned to the Treasure Valley Sunday. Siple is currently a resident at MorningStar Senior Living.