The Hudson Valley Honor Flight's 12th spring mission departs from Westchester County Airport early Saturday morning. For 63 area World War II veterans, the all-expense paid flight to Washington, D.C., will include a day full of memorable, heartwarming tours of military sites.
A pre-flight ceremony begins at 7:45 a.m. at the airport off of Route 120 and Interstate 684 in the Town of Harrison. Their welcome home reception will begin about 8:45 p.m., also at the county airport.
Saturday's flight includes 40 WWII veterans from Westchester County, five from Rockland County and one from Orange County. Others live in Nassau, New York and Sullivan counties.
The veterans participating on Saturday represent the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and a first-ever Merchant Marine honoree.
Hudson Valley Honor Flight arranges one-day, all-expense-paid journeys for veterans that include visits to the World War II and Iwo Jima Memorial, as well as attendance at the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
There will be a celebration involving many area volunteers at the county airport's morning send-off and homecoming to cheer the veterans and thank them for their service to the nation.
For more details, go to www.hvhonorflight.com by clicking here.