Area veterans are invited to apply to participate in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight spring flights to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective war memorials at no cost. The first flight, on April 14, “Mission 19,” will depart from Stewart International Airport in Newburgh. The second event on May 19, “Mission 20,” will leave from Westchester County Airport in White Plains.
Veterans who served before Jan. 31, 1955 are eligible to participate. Each is accompanied by a volunteer personal “guardian” responsible for ensuring that the veteran’s trip is a memorable one. Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a nonprofit organization honoring American veterans for all their sacrifices. The organization has taken approximately 1,400 veterans to Washington, D.C. with many thousands of people involved with Honor Flight either as guardians or to send off veterans when they depart or welcome them upon their return. HVHF serves veterans from Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan and Putnam counties in addition to Pike County, PA, Bergen County, NJ and Fairfield County, CT. Veterans from other surrounding counties are also considered. Top priority is given to those of the World War II “Greatest Generation” and terminally ill veterans from other wars. Applications are kept on file. For more information, visit http://hvhonorflight.com.