GLENVILLE, N.Y. (March 6, 2018) - According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 640 World War II veterans die every day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is quickly running out.
On Monday, March 12 at 1 p.m., Greg Furlong, president, Leatherstocking Honor Flight, will speak about the Honor Flight Network, an all-volunteer organization that transports America's veterans at no cost to them to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice. The talk will take place at The Meadows at Glenwyck, 150 Dutch Meadows Lane, Glenville.
"Each year, the Honor Flight Network transports more than 20,000 veterans from 131 Honor Flight hubs to Washington to visit and reflect at their memorials," said Furlong. "Since our inception in 2008, Leatherstocking Honor Flight has taken more than 1,000 World War II veterans to our nation's capital, the oldest being 100 years old. This spring our goal is to organize four flights from Albany International Airport to give World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill, a chance to view their memorial at a comfortable pace.
"Our one-day trip involves a unique itinerary designed to show veterans how grateful we are for their sacrifices and what their service has meant to this country," he said. "Stops typically include the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Arlington National Cemetery. It's a very moving experience and a chance to recognize these honorable men and women whose brave actions forever changed the course of our world."
Leatherstocking Honor Flight is currently seeking World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans from the greater Capital Region, as well as Vermont and Western Massachusetts. Guardians and volunteers are also being sought to help with the group's efforts throughout the year. Trips for veterans are paid for through donations, while guardians pay for their own trip and are responsible for chaperoning the veterans during the trip.