Community is invited to be part of send-off efforts which begin at 7 a.m. at Westchester County Airport
WALDEN, N.Y. (Sept. 1, 2017) — Hudson Valley Honor Flight’s “Mission 17” will take 70 area veterans to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The flight will depart Westchester County Airport in White Plains from the hangar at 73 Tower Rd. and will take veterans on this all-expense paid trip to visit the nation’s war memorials on the daylong trip. It is scheduled to return around 8:30 p.m. that same day.
On board will be 16 World War II veterans and 54 Korean War veterans. Each is accompanied by a volunteer personal “guardian” who is responsible for ensuring that the veteran’s trip is a memorable one. Guardians are responsible for covering the cost of their trip.
“It’s going to be another great day for these revered men and women who served our nation with such distinction,” said Board Chairman Frank Kimler. “It’s an honor for us, and those who support Hudson Valley Honor Flight, to give them this gift of seeing the war memorials to honor their service. Please come out to either send them off or welcome them back from this wonderful trip.”
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a nonprofit organization honoring American veterans for all their sacrifices by bringing them to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective war memorials at no cost to them. HVHF is also a local hub of the National Honor Flight Network, which has more than 100 independent non-profit “hubs” nationwide.
HVHF’s next flight, dubbed Mission 18, will leave from Stewart Airport in Newburgh on Nov. 4.
HVHF is currently seeking sponsorship for 2018 missions, as there are many worthy and eligible veterans and HVHF wants to continue honoring them. To learn more, call 845-391-0076 or visit: www.hvhonorflight.com.
HVHF serves veterans from Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan and Putnam counties in addition to Pike County, Pa., Bergen County, N.J. and Fairfield County, Conn. Veterans from other surrounding counties are also always considered.
ABOUT HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT
Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which “Honors American Veterans” for all their sacrifices. HVHF transports these heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials at no cost to them. It is the local hub of the National Honor Flight Network (which consists of more than 100 independent non-profit “hubs” across America). HVHF flies multiple times a year out of Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. It serves veterans from the following counties: Orange (N.Y.), Ulster (N.Y.), Dutchess (N.Y.), Westchester (N.Y.), Rockland (N.Y.), Sullivan (N.Y.), Putnam (N.Y.), Pike (Pa.), Bergen (N.J.), and Fairfield (Conn.). Veterans from other surrounding counties are considered as well. Top priority is given to those of the Greatest Generation, that of World War II, and terminally ill veterans from other wars. HVHF plans to take ALL veterans from other wars on future flights. Applications are kept on file. For more information, visit www.hvhonorflight.com