Governor Bill Walker is speaking out about the death of an honor flight veteran.

Valley veteran Eldon Lacy recently passed away. Lacy and other Alaska honor flight veterans toured war memorials in Washington D.C. in 2015. But Lacy became ill as the group was traveling back to Anchorage. He had to stay in Portland while the main group returned to a warm welcome home at Ted Stevens International Airport. Governor Walker was there to greet veterans.

Not wanting to leave a soldier behind, people again showed up at the airport when Lacy finally returned a few days later. Governor Walker again being one of them.

The Governor just released a statement about Lacy's passing:

"Donna and I have Eldon Lacy's family in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of this Alaskan who stepped forward to put his life on the line for the United States... I am also grateful I got the opportunity to express my gratitude to him for his service. Alaskans treasure the vets among us. He will be missed."