Rotarians donate to Honor Flight

| 08 Jun 2017 | 05:26

WARWICK — Thanks to community donations, Hudson Valley Honor Flight treats local World War II and Korean War Veterans to a one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the their memorials.
All veterans go on this journey of honor at no cost to them. Currently HVHF flies four times a year; twice from Stewart Airport, and twice from Westchester Airport.
The flight day begins with a motorcycle escort to the airport, followed by a Send-Off Ceremony.
While in Washington, the group visits the memorials built in their honor and Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard.
“Our group is hailed with applause and admiration at every stop, giving these heroes the recognition they rightfully deserve," said Beth Vought, executive director of Hudson Valley Honor Flight. "The experience is concluded when the veterans arrive back in New York, and are greeted by hundreds of community members cheering them on. For many, it is the Welcome Home Reception they never received.”
HVHF serves veterans from Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan and Putnam Counties in New York, Pike County, Pa., Bergen County, N.J., and Fairfield County, Conn.